Amputation Brings Alert at GA Paper Maker

Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 10:10 AM gHale

AJM Packaging Corp. is facing $68,591 in fines for one repeated safety violation after a worker suffered an amputation at its Folkston, GA, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

AJM Packaging manufactures paper products such as paper cups, plates, bowls and bags.

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OSHA investigators initiated an investigation at the Folkston paper product manufacturer after learning an employee suffered a partial amputation to his right hand’s middle finger on July 27.

The 35-year-old assistant crew leader was refeeding paper into a bag machine when his finger ended up pulled under the feed roller and into an unguarded slitter blade.

OSHA issued the repeated citation to the employer for not developing adequate safety procedures to protect employees from the slitter blades on the bag machine. The company received a citation for this same violation in October 2015 at this facility.

“AJM Packaging was cited less than a year ago for this same violation and continues to expose workers to laceration and amputation hazards,” said Margo Westmoreland, OSHA’s area director in Savannah. “Employers must evaluate and correct safety and health hazards that expose workers to serious injury or death.”

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