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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Monday, February 02, 2015

OSHA fines Ashley Furniture $1.76M

Ashley Furniture - Severe Violator

OSHA finds more than 1,000 worker injuries in past three years

Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. employees have suffered more than 1,000 work-related injuries, including more than 100 amputations from woodworking machinery, over a three-and-a-half year period. One worker's loss of three fingers in July 2014 led to an OSHA inspection of the Arcadia, Wisconsin-based furniture manufacturer. Following the inspection, the company was cited for 12 willful, 12 repeated and 14 serious safety violations and placed in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program for its failure to address these hazards. Proposed penalties total $1,766,000.

OSHA found that Ashley did not take the necessary steps to protect its workers from being injured by moving machine parts. They did not prevent machines from unintentionally starting when workers were performing tooling and blade changes on woodworking machinery, and failed to provide adequate safety mechanisms to prevent contact with those moving parts. OSHA also cited Ashley Furniture Industries for not training workers on safety procedures and hazards present when servicing machinery.  >> Read full story

UPDATE: Ashley Furniture responds, saying "Ashley strongly disagrees with each and every opinion of the agency."  >> Read Ashley's response to OSHA (PDF)

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