Georgia Worker Loses Fingers in Machine Accident
The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited a facility in Georgia for safety violations following an accident in which an employee lost his fingers, according to the Rome News Tribune. The worker was injured while servicing an airlock system at a Marglen Industries Inc. facility in Rome, Georgia. Marglen recycles plastic bottles into carpeting and food packaging at this facility.
Following the inspection, OSHA cited the facility for one serious violation and one willful violation relating to tagout/lockout procedures and equipment, which ultimately lead to this accident. Proposed fines total $69,300.
“Although the company has a lockout/tagout program, it was not implemented for this machine, resulting in serious injury to a worker,” said Andre Richards, Atlanta regional director for OSHA. “It is the employers responsibility to ensure that proper safety procedures are followed at all times.”
These are very serious violations. Equipment and machinery suddenly starting up can cause a fatal accident.
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