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Hardwood Flooring Plant Faces $204K in Fines After Worker Injuries

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed more than $204,000 in fines against Maxwell Hardwood Flooring of Monticello after two workers were injured on the job.

A knot saw operator’s index finger was partially amputated in June by a rotating blade that lacked adequate machine guarding, the agency said in a news release. The incident happened a few weeks after another worker severely lacerated a co-worker’s palm using a similar saw.

An inspection found that the company had not reported the first injury, as required by law. The company was cited for one willful violation, along with violations for five unguarded circular saws in use, according to the release.

OSHA records show that Maxwell was also cited Nov. 19 for record-keeping violations and on Dec. 2 for willful and serious violations

Wil Maxwell, company president, said in a statement: “It is under investigation and we are contesting all claims and penalties.”

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings. 

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