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Beekeeping Supplier Fined $264K Over Finger Amputation, Hazards

The amputation wasn’t the only serious injury to occur at the company — just the first to be reported.

OSHA announced Feb. 17 that it proposed $264,000 in fines against a Polson, Montana-based supplier of beekeeping supplies.

The agency investigated Western Bee Supply for a partial finger amputation incident and found numerous hazards in the process.

OSHA said investigators found a workplace with unguarded saw blades, rotating machinery, belts, pulleys and chains, along with a lack of lockout/tagout procedures.

The amputation wasn’t the only serious injury to occur — only the first one that had been reported to OSHA.

Along with the proposed fine, Western Bee was cited for a range of serious and willful violations.

The company signed an informal agreement accepting all citations as issued with a minor penalty reduction.

Western Bee Supply has made and supplied beekeeping equipment for more than 53 years. It has 49 employees.

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