Kroger cited after worker slices off fingertip with band saw

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CINCINNATI (AP) – Federal regulators have proposed fining Kroger more than $45,000 after a Cincinnati grocery store employee sliced off his fingertip while butchering meat.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says a band saw didn’t have adequate guarding for cutting meat and hadn’t been properly adjusted. The agency says the store also didn’t have a proper training program for employees who change out the saw’s blades.

The western Cincinnati suburban store was cited on March 17 for a repeat violation and a serious safety violation. It had been cited in January for having inadequate guarding on a meat-cutting saw.

Kroger has 15 days to pay the fine or contest the citation.

A Kroger spokeswoman says employee safety is a top priority for the company and that they’re cooperating with the OSHA investigation.

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