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Pipe Maker Faces Fine After Employee Loses a Finger

The worker's hand was pulled into a pipe-winding machine.


On February 16, 2018, fiberglass pipe manufacturer RPS Composites Alabama was hit with $74,833 in proposed penalties after OSHA discovered health and safety violations that contributed to an employee suffering a severed finger.  

Investigators from the agency found that an employee's safety-gloved hand was pulled into a pipe-winding machine as a result of a lack of machine guarding.  

RPS, which is based in Mobile, AL, was cited for 10 serious and two other-than-serious violations for:  

  • Exposing employees to struck-by and caught-in hazards by failing to install proper machine guarding. 
  • Failing to train employees on how to control energy sources.
  • Allowing combustible dust to accumulate.

RPS has 15 days to challenge OSHA's findings.

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