Bag manufacturer exposes workers to amputation hazards
OSHA cites Bancroft Bags Inc. in West Monroe, Louisiana; fines total $84K
An amputation alert
The agency initiated the April 2015 inspection after receiving notification from the employer that a printing press operator, who was trying to remove a gear from its shaft, had his hand pulled into the gears and his index finger amputated.
Proposed penalties: $84,000.
"The cost of implementing safety procedures is so low, and the cost of ignoring them is so high. If Bancroft had implemented procedures to keep the press from starting up, this man would still have all 10 fingers. Instead he's suffered an injury that will affect him the rest of his life. This was a preventable injury and it's incumbent upon the employer to find and fix hazards that pose a threat to the safety and health of its workers," said Dorinda Folse, OSHA's area director in Baton Rouge.
Link to the citations: www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/BancroftBagINC_1056608.pdf*
Bancroft Bags, a leading manufacturer of bags for pet food, fertilizers, and chemical product companies, employs about 400 workers at its West Monroe packaging plant.