Federal safety inspectors have begun an investigation of a Nebraska manufacturer after a worker lost four fingers while maintaining equipment at its plant in Norfolk.
OSHA reports a 35-year-old worker suffered the amputation of four fingers on his left hand April 21st at MP Global in Norfolk.
“This is not the first time MP Global has had employee suffer an amputation,” Jeff Funke OSHA’s area director in Omaha, said in a written statement. “These types of incidents are preventable and it is imperative that employers evaluate, guard, and train employees on the proper guarding and energy control measures prior to allowing employees to work with equipment capable of causing and amputation.”
Federal safety regulations require manufacturers to have guards on machines and energy control procedures in place when employees work with equipment, either for production or maintenance.
OSHA cited MP Global for safety violations in August of last year after a 65-year-old temporary workers lost one finger and suffered severe damage to another when his left hand got caught in a machine. OSHA cited MP Global with two willful, 22 serious, and one other-than-serious safety violations.
MP Global recycles material to produce underlayments for flooring.