NEW YORK The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Ball Aerosol & Specialty Container Inc. for 11 alleged safety violations at its Hubbard, Ohio, metal container manufacturing facility.
The company, which faces penalties totaling $589,000, has been placed in OSHAs severe violator enforcement program, which mandates targeted follow-up inspections to ensure compliance with the law.
OSHA said it launched an inspection of the plant after receiving a complaint that the company allegedly was exposing machine operators to unguarded hazardous machinery, including slitter machines and mechanical guillotine shears. The inspection found that the machine guards were either not installed or had been removed because it slowed production, OSHA said.
"Ball Aerosols management made a decision to continue to expose machine operators to serious amputation hazards," Nick Walters, OSHAs regional administrator in Chicago, said. "Workers should not be asked to take such risks, and OSHA will not tolerate such disregard for worker safety."
OSHA issued seven wilful violations and three repeat safety violations, as well as one serious citation for allowing employees to work on a 10-foot platform without guardrails.
Ball Aerosol said it disagrees strongly OSHAs citations. We intend to resolve our disagreements through the regulatory process and accordingly cannot comment further, except to note we take this issue very seriously and have begun a review of OSHAs citation and the safety processes we have in place, the company said.