Packaging Maker Faces Repeat Safety Fines

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 @ 09:11 AM gHale

Custom design and packaging manufacturer AGE Industries Ltd., is facing $78,500 in fines for 14 safety violations for exposing workers to struck-by, amputation and electric shock hazards, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

With U.S. facilities in Arkansas and Texas, and another facility in Mexico, AGE Industries builds corrugated boxes, fiber tubes and packaging supplies.

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OSHA initiated an inspection as part of the agency’s program to view industries with high injury and illness rates, OSHA’s September inspection of the Conway, AR, facility uncovered one repeat, seven serious and six other safety violations.

“The package manufacturing industry is already known to subject employees to high risk levels,” said Carlos Reynolds, OSHA’s area director in Little Rock. “By refusing to install the required equipment and make simple fixes, AGE Industries exposed its workers to unnecessary amputation and electrical hazards, which is unacceptable.”

The repeat violation, with a penalty of $38,500, was for exposing workers to amputation hazards as they worked near the manual cutting machine without required machine guards. The company faced similar violations in December 2011. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously had a citation for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.

Seven serious violations, with a $38,900 penalty, were for failure to provide correct machine guards for tube saws and glue machines and to contain live electrical wiring on an automatic pallet-wrapping machine. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known. Six other violations, with a penalty of $1,100, were for improper record keeping, housekeeping and additional electrical violations.

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