New Jersey Manufacturer Cited for Safety Lapse After Employee Amputation

April 3, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited BWay Corp., doing business as Mauser Packaging Solutions, for workplace safety and health hazards after an employee suffered an amputation on Sept. 26, 2019, at the Lawrence Township, N.J., facility. The company faces $151,329 in penalties.

OSHA initiated the inspection after being notified that an employee was cleaning a machine when the amputation occurred. The agency cited BWay Corp. for two repeated and two serious violations for failing to use lockout/tagout procedures to protect employees from hazardous energy. OSHA cited the company for similar violations at multiple facilities between 2016 and 2019.

“Workers servicing or maintaining machines are at risk of serious injury, including amputations, if hazardous energy is not properly controlled,” said OSHA Marlton Area Office Director Paula Dixon-Roderick in a U.S. Department of Labor press release. “This company must correct the hazards identified to protect workers’ safety.”

OSHA offers guidance on lockout/tagout requirements to control hazardous energy. The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and 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.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

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