Finger amputation leads to $77,000 fine for company
Employer “fully aware” of hazard, said OSHA
A worker at a Georgia glass company suffered a finger amputation and crushed hand while removing a glass mold from a bottle-shaping machine – leading to an OSHA inspection and citations.
Ardagh Glass Inc. has been cited by the agency for one willful and one serious safety violation stemming from the accident at the company's facility in Warner Robins. OSHA initiated an inspection in response to the incident under its National Emphasis Program on Amputations.
The willful violation involves failing to develop and utilize lockout/tagout procedures when workers are performing service and setup operations on equipment.
The serious violation involves failing to ensure workers that operate equipment were protected to prevent contact at the point of operation with moving parts and molten glass.
"The employer was fully aware that workers reached into the moving machine while they serviced the glass molds, yet nothing was done to protect workers from serious injury," said Bill Fulcher, director of OSHA's Atlanta-East Area Office.
Proposed penalties on Ardagh Glass Inc., which specializes in glass and metal packaging for food and beverages and is a subsidiary of Ardagh Group in Tampa, Fla., total $77,000.