The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Ampac Mobile Holdings LLC – operating as ProAmpac – for exposing employees to caught-in and struck-by hazards at the packaging manufacturer’s facility in Mobile, Alabama. The company faces $75,156 in penalties.
An employee suffered a severe hand injury after being caught in a piece of equipment. In a separate incident, another employee sustained a finger laceration when struck by moving machine parts. OSHA inspectors determined that the employer failed to use machine guarding, and lockout/tagout procedures to control hazardous energy while maintaining or servicing machinery. The inspection is part of OSHA’s National Emphasis Program on Amputations.
“A comprehensive safety and health program, to include an evaluation and correction for amputation hazards, could have identified and prevented these injuries,” said OSHA Acting Mobile Area Office Director Jose Gonzalez.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance.