The BWAY plants located in Chicago, Illinois; Homerville, Geeorgia; and North Brunswick, New Jersey, have been fined more than $500,000 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) over multiple worker injuries.
In the last five years, BWAY, the maker of plastic and metal containers such as paint cans, has been held responsible for 15 worker amputations. OSHA found one worker whose bones in his hand were crushed by a machine, and three others who suffered amputations due to unguarded assemblies of chain-and-sprocket design, Safety News Alert reports.
BWAY, an Atlanta-based company, was slapped with 10 OSHA citations for repeat violations including failure to to properly train workers in lockout/tagout procedures that stop machine movement; and failure to provide adequate safety guards on machine belts, pulleys, power presses, chains and sprockets.
OSHA also found that workers failed to stop machine’s movements and perform lockout/tagout procedures when clearing machines while jammed.
For this reason, OSHA placed BWAY in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program. This program “concentrates resources on inspecting employers that have demonstrated indifference to their OSH Act obligations by willful, repeated, or failure-to-abate violations.”
According to OSHA’s newly released preliminary data on the top 10 violations for the 2017 fiscal year, lockout/tagout procedures are listed at number 5. The total list is as follows:
- Fall Protection – General Requirements: 6,072 violations
- Hazard Communication: 4,176
- Scaffolding: 3,288
- Respiratory Protection: 3,097
- Lockout/Tagout: 2,877
- Ladders: 2,241
- Powered Industrial Trucks: 2,162
- Machine Guarding: 1,933
- Fall Protection – Training Requirements: 1,523
- Electrical – Wiring Methods: 1,405
“I encourage folks to use this list and look at your own workplace,” Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Program, told the attendees of the National Safety Council’s Congress & Expo when the list was revealed.