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OSHA Loads Remington Arms Co. with 27 Safety Violations

Worker suffered amputation prompting an investigation.

Arms manufacturer Remington Arms Co. is under fire after an OSHA investigation found numerous health and safety violations.

Inspectors searched the Madison, N.C. employer's New York plant after a worker's fingertip was amputated while working on a broaching machine.

"The violations identified exposed employees to serious and potentially life-threatening injuries," said Jeffrey Prebish, OSHA Syracuse area director, in a statement. "Employers can minimize workplace dangers by conducting required job hazard analyses."

The agency cited Remington for 27 violations of workplace safety and health standards for a total of $210,132 in penalties.

Violations included lack of machine guarding and exposures to electrical, chemical, ladder, tripping, crushing, and struck-by hazards. The company also was cited for several health violations, including failing to conduct atmospheric testing in confined spaces, monitor lead exposure levels, implement a hearing conservation program, provide first-aid training and appropriate protective clothing for employees working with corrosive chemicals, protect employees from exposure to cadmium, and label hazardous chemicals containers.

Remington Arms has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings.

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