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
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
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.