Custom Aluminum Products, an aluminum extruder that was originally a door and window manufacturer, is facing $70,000 in fines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after a 21-year-old temporary worker lost six fingers while working on a metal press at the company’s facility in South Elgin, Ill.

According to OSHA, the accident wouldn’t have happened if Custom Aluminum Products had proper safety guards in place to keep the operator’s hands out of the dangerous part of the metal press.

“It’s hard to imagine the agony and pain this young man suffered when six of his fingers were amputated,” said Jake Scott, OSHA’s area director in Aurora, Ill. “His life is now forever altered because the press lacked required safe guarding devices. These devices would have prevented his hands from coming in contact with the operating parts of the machine.”

OSHA inspectors responded after the Nov. 4, 2015 incident at Custom Aluminum Products. An investigation determined that the temporary employee, who had been working there for just four weeks, lost his ring, middle and index fingers and part of his right pinky when his hands were caught in an aluminum press.

On April 29, OSHA cited the company for one willful and one safety violation and proposed $70,000 in penalties.

A spokesperson for Custom Aluminum Products could not immediately be reached for comment.


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