Montgomeryville duct firm fined $1M over ignored warnings, employee injuries

    A suburban Philadelphia duct manufacturer whose products are installed at the Chrysler Building and Yankee Stadium has been fined more than $1 million and placed in a severe-violator program for ignoring what federal regulators say were repeated warnings about dangerous machinery.

    The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Monday employees at Montgomeryville-based Lloyd Industries Inc. have suffered more than three-dozen serious injuries over 15 years, including the loss of fingers.

    The agency’s latest action includes an $822,000 fine and placement in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program after a machine part crushed an employee’s hand last summer, leading to the amputation of three fingers.

    OSHA says Lloyd Industries repeatedly made empty promises to add safeguards and once refused to allow inspectors in.

    The company has declined comment.

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