A bag manufacturing plant located Louisiana was recently cited an $84,000 penalty for failing to guard machinery and implement appropriate shut down procedures. After inspection, OSHA found 16 serious violations. 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.
“The cost of implementing safety procedures is so low, and the cost of ignoring them is so high. If (the manufacturing company) 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 and his family for the rest of their lives. 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.
Safety is already in your budget. The prudent business owner invests proactively to insure the facilities are safe…and more importantly the employees. A reduction in claims and injuries will result in lower experience mods and reduced workers compensation costs.
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