Arcadia (WQOW) - Ashley Furniture Industries Incorporated was issued citations from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration after an employee had his right finger amputated in moving machine parts on March 11, 2015.
According to OSHA, the Arcadia-based furniture manufacturer was issued two willful violations for failing to protect workers from machinery and neglecting to report the incident. OSHA was also issued two other-than-serious citations for failing to keep accurate injury records. The company faces proposed penalties of approximately $83,200 regarding the March incident.
"Workers at Ashley Furniture cannot count on their company to do what's right when it comes to safety," Mark Hysell, OSHA's area director in Eau Claire, said. "These workers are at risk because this company is intentionally and willfully disregarding OSHA standards and requirements."
During OSHA's inspection it was found that the furniture manufacturer failed to protect workers from machine operating parts when they performed maintenance and blade changes on the woodworking machines. In January 2015 the company was issued a willful violation after an employee suffered a similar injury.
OSHA has cited Ashley for 96 serious, four repeated, and 38 other-than serious violations in the past three decades.
The company has 15 business days to request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before OSHA's review commission.