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Ashley Furniture cited for more alleged safety violations

ARCADIA, Wis. (AP) — A federal safety agency is accusing Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. of more safety violations at its factory in Arcadia.

According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a 56-year-old employee lost his right ring finger after a March 11 accident. The accident happened on a machine the agency had cited as unsafe just one month earlier.

OSHA alleges the company did not report the injury as required. An OSHA spokeswoman tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the agency learned of the injury from a family member of the victim.

Ashley Furniture already is facing a possible $1.7 million fine for alleged safety violations. The latest citations carry proposed fines totaling $83,200.

Ashley is contesting the earlier citations. In a statement Tuesday, the company says it “strongly disputes” the agency’s allegations.

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