A newly hired worker suffered a traumatic hand injury after only three days on the job at Southern Fiber Inc. of Miami Gardens, Florida.
An OSHA inspection determined that the fiber-processing machine started unexpectedly as the worker - a 30-year-old man - tried to clear a jam caused by mattress foam. The machine removed all skin from then man’s hand to the wrist. OSHA issued citations to Southern Fiber on Dec. 15 for one willful, three repeated, 14 serious and three other-than-serious safety violations. Proposed penalties total $116,270.