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OSHA: Worker’s finger severed at Buford plant

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed more than $300,000 in penalties at a Buford-based auto parts manufacturer.

ElringKlinger USA was inspected on May 2 “after an employee performing maintenance on a screen print machine was injured,” according to a U.S. Department of Labor news release.

In a July 7 incident, a second worker suffered a severed left index finger “while making an adjustment on a punch press machine,” according to the Department of Labor.

The business did not return a call for comment.

OSHA cited ElringKlinger for 29 serious and three “other than serious” violations, which included “failing to install machine guarding, preventing unauthorized employees from performing tasks that require the control of electrical hazards, and protecting workers from excessive noise exposure.”

The proposed penalties are $308,906 in a letter dated Oct. 31, and the company has 15 business days to respond by complying, requesting an informal conference or contesting the citations.

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