By Associated Press - Wednesday, January 22, 2020

LISBON, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire furniture manufacturer has contested the violations and penalties issued by the Occupational Safety and Workplace Administration.

Design Contempo Inc. has been fined almost $400,000 for safety violations and workplace inspections.

According to a willful violation issued by the department, a manager with the company disabled machine guarding designed to protect operators, leading to the injury of an employee.

The Caledonian Record reported Tuesday that the alleged serious violations included electrical, struck-by, flammable and crushing hazards; trip hazards near a rough mill and saw; obstructed emergency exit routes; no requirement for eye protection near chemical splash hazards and lacquer spray booths; no protection for employees from amputation and laceration; and electrical repair employees not protected from electric shock or burns.

“We are contesting the penalties,” owner Henry Kober said. “It remains to be seen how successful we will be, but we do believe we have a very good case to get a lot of the charges dismissed”

According to a spokesman for the department, the case is in discovery and is set to begin June 16, 2020.

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