Clinch Co. company fined after employee hand injury

HOMERVILLE, GA (WALB) - Clinch County wooden post manufacturer DuPont Yard Inc., has been issued a fine after an employee suffered a partial hand amputation and other injuries while working on unguarded machinery.

The wooden post manufacturer faces $109,548 in fines from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The agency did not say when the incident happened, or reveal the name of the person who was hurt.

OSHA cited the company for allowing employees to operate unguarded machinery and failing to have an emergency stop switch on a conveyor, exposing employees to severe hazards.

"Employers that fail to incorporate safety in their work operations are placing employees at risk for serious injuries," said OSHA Savannah Area Office Director Margo Westmoreland. "This employer's disregard for safety is leaving employees vulnerable to preventable hazards."

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees.

OSHA says that its role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance.

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