OH Packaging Plant Faces Safety Fines

Monday, December 7, 2015 @ 03:12 PM gHale

Paperboard packaging plant, Americraft Carton Inc., of Norwalk, Ohio, is facing $44,000 in fines for seven serious safety violations for unsafe working conditions, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA opened an inspection of the Norwalk plant after receiving a complaint alleging unsafe working conditions that exposed workers to amputation and other hazards.

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The agency found the company failed to:
• Use locking devices to prevent unintentional operation of machines during service and maintenance
• Train employees in machine safety procedures
• Install safety guards on pulleys, belts and horizontal shafts
• Conduct daily inspections of powered industrial vehicles and remove damaged vehicles from service

“Each year hundreds of workers are injured by the same hazards OSHA found in this packaging facility,” said Kim Nelson, OSHA’s area director in Toledo. “Failing to install safety mechanisms on machines and equipment and train workers in safety procedures is unacceptable. Americraft Carton needs to make immediate improvements to ensure workers are protected on the job.”

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