In safety news:

A Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission judge has affirmed $103,000 in penalties stemming from an accident at an Alabama auto parts plant in which a temporary worker’s right lower arm and three fingers on his left hand were amputated by a mechanical power press at the company’s manufacturing facility in Huntsville. The company was cited after the accident for one repeat violation for its failure to guard rotating chucks and spindles on milling and drilling machines, plus an additional six violations deemed “serious” and another “other than serious” violation. The employer had challenged the penalties, and in the course of the review, the judge determined that the repeat violation should be raised to the maximum $70,000 under the circumstances, resulting in further penalties.

Read the full release from OSHA here.

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