MillerCoors TX Brewery Faces Safety Fines

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 @ 09:06 AM gHale

MillerCoors Fort Worth brewery is facing $77,000 for two safety and health violations at its Fort Worth, TX, brewery, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

MillerCoors Brewery employs about 700 employees at the Fort Worth brewery and about 40,000 throughout the nation.

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OSHA investigators started an inspection Jan. 5 after reports of an amputation of an employee’s finger at the brewery’s maintenance shop. Investigators issued citations for one willful and one serious violation.

The agency issued a willful citation when investigators discovered lathes in the maintenance shop lacked required safety guards that could have prevented the amputation. A serious citation was because those same lathes did not have emergency stops installed.

“MillerCoors completely disregarded the safety of the workers who operate machinery to maintain the equipment in the facility,” said Jack A. Rector, OSHA’s Area Director in Fort Worth. “This employer owes it to the many, many consumers who purchase the Miller Brewery’s products to do what was necessary to protect the employees who work hard to produce it from workplace hazards.”

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