Safety Hazards at AL Box Maker

Friday, July 27, 2018 @ 04:07 PM gHale

Packaging Corp. of America is facing $66,612 in fines for exposing employees to unprotected machinery and amputation hazards, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Opelika, Alabama-based Packaging Corp. of America is a cardboard box manufacturer.

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The company is facing three serious and one repeat violation.

Investigators cited the company for failing to provide written procedures to control the release of hazardous energy; exposing employees to struck-by, caught-in and amputation hazards; and allowing employees to operate forklifts without required training.

This investigation was part of OSHA’s National Emphasis Program on Amputations.

“Packaging Corp. of America should have incorporated a comprehensive safety and health program that would have identified these hazards and protected their employees from the risk of serious injuries,” said OSHA Mobile Area Office Director Joseph Roesler.

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