U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

Manufacturer cited by OSHA after press crushes worker`s finger

Investigation finds 14 serious violations, including safety guard failure, lack of safety training

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. -- A 25-ton power press crushed a temporary worker's right ring finger when the machine she operated cycled through while her hand was inside. The incident, at a steel parts manufacturing plant in Elk Grove Village, occurred when light curtains that act as machine guards failed to work properly. The woman suffered the injury after just 10 days at Topy Precision Manufacturing Inc.

U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors issued 14 serious safety violations to the company on July 14. Many of the violations involve exposing workers to machinery operating parts. Topy faces proposed penalties of $61,695.

'Topy Precision Manufacturing put workers at risk of injuries because they did not implement required machine safety procedures or train workers to recognize serious machine hazards,' said Angeline Loftus, OSHA's area director for its Chicago North Office in Des Plaines. 'Employers have a responsibility to ensure their workplaces are safe.'

During its January inspection, an OSHA inspector also found numerous electrical hazards at Topy Precision Manufacturing. Workers also lacked proper training in the operation of powered industrial vehicles.

Topy manufactures spring steel fasteners, clamps, clips and other components.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of their citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director in the Chicago North Office, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint, or report amputations, eye loss, workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or the agency's Chicago North Area Office at 847-803-4800.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

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