HUBBARD, Ohio- A Hubbard plant faces possible fines of up to $589,000 for alleged repeated safety violations.
Ball Aerosal and Specialty Container has been cited with 11 violations for not having proper guards in place on machinery, posing a potential amputation hazard, according to a news release.
The violations are considered "willful," because the company faced similar citations following an inspection in 2009.
Nick Walters, OSHA's regional administrator in Chicago, said in a news release that the danger workers were exposed to is unnecessary.
"Workers should not be asked to take such risks and OSHA will not tolerate such disregard for worker safety," Walters said.
In a statement, Renee Robinson, manager of corporate communications for Ball Aerosol, said the company says it disagrees with the characterizations made in the OSHA release.
"We intend to resolve our disagreements throught the regulatory process and accordingly cannot comment further, except to note we take this issue very seriously and have begun a review of OSHA's citation and the safety processes we have in place. We will take whatever measures that are appropriate at the end of this review to ensure that we are continuing to maintain a safe environment for our employees," Robinson said in the statement.