OSHA cites box maker for amputation hazards

U.S. workplace safety regulators have cited an Illinois-based cardboard box manufacturer for exposing employees to unprotected machinery and amputation hazards and have proposed penalties of $66,612.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Packaging Corp. of America for failing to provide written procedures to control the release of hazardous energy, exposing employees to struck-by, caught-in and amputation hazards, and allowing employees to operate forklifts without required training at its Opelika, Alabama, facility, according to a statement on Tuesday.

“Packaging Corp. of America should have incorporated a comprehensive safety and health program that would have identified these hazards and protected their employees from the risk of serious injuries,” Joseph Roesler, OSHA’s Mobile, Alabama, area office director, said in a statement.

A company spokesperson could not be immediately reached for comment.

This article was first published by Business Insurance.

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