Carpet manufacturer fined $234K after worker suffers partial finger amputation

Feb. 1, 2024
An OSHA investigation has determined that UGN Inc. exposed its employees to operating machine parts as they cleared excess fiber material off chains, sprockets, and other equipment.

An OSHA investigation has determined that UGN Inc. exposed its employees to operating machine parts as they cleared excess fiber material off chains, sprockets, and other equipment. The investigation began after a worker suffered a partial finger amputation at the automotive carpet manufacturer’s Ohio facility. According to OSHA, the company did not require the use of machine-specific lockout procedures for machinery that featured rotating drums, hot air boxes, burn boxes, chains and sprockets. Workers freely walked inside manufacturing cells, which were only enclosed on three sides, as they removed excess fiber to prevent machine clogs.