HUBBARD, Ohio- Federal officials have cited a local Hubbard business with 11 safety violations.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration held an inspection last October after receiving a complaint that Ball Aerosol and Specialty Container store was exposing employees to "unguarded hazardous machinery," despite previous complaints in 2009, according to a release.
OSHA's regional Administrator in Chicago Nick Walters said, "Ball Aerosol's management made a decision to continue to expose machine operators to serious amputation hazards. Workers should not be asked to take such risks, and OSHA will not tolerate such disregard for worker safety."
The citations issued are as follows:
- Six citations for, "inadequate machine guarding over the blades of sitter machines,"
- Three citations for, "failing to provide fire extinguisher training to employees; provide machine guarding to protect operators from rotating parts, nip and pinch points in machine areas; and to guard the blades at two mechanical guillotine shears.
- One citation for, "lack of machine guarding over nip points and rotating parts on feed tables,"
- One citation for, "exposing workers to falls of approximately 10 feet while working on a platform with open sides."
The company has now been placed in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program and has 15 days to contest the penalties.
Representatives at Ball Aerosol and Specialty Container could not be reached for comment at this time.