OSHA cites Warner Robins business after employee loses finger

jmink@macon.comJuly 8, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- A glass packaging company has received two citations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Ardagh Glass Inc. recently received two citations after a worker’s finger was amputated and hand crushed while removing a glass mold from a machine at its facility on Booth Road, according to the release.

The company received a willful violation and a serious violation with proposed penalties of $77,000. Multiple calls to a phone number listed on the company website for the Warner Robins facility were unanswered Monday.

The willful violation is for failing to develop and use necessary procedures when workers are performing set up and service operations on equipment. A willful violation is one which is committed with intentional disregard for the law’s requirements or with indifference to worker safety, according to the release.

The serious violation is for failing to make sure workers are protected to prevent contact with moving parts and molten glass, according to the release.

A serious violation involves the probability of death or serious injury due to a hazard, which the employer knew or should have known about, the release stated.

“The employer was fully aware that workers reached into the moving machine while they serviced the glass molds, yet nothing was done to protect workers from serious injury,” Bill Fulcher, director of OSHA’s Atlanta-East area office, said in the release. “It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that proper safety procedures are understood and followed at all times.”

The company has 15 business days after receiving the citation to comply with the penalties or contest the citation. Ardagh Glass specializes in glass and metal packaging for food and beverages. The facility’s parent company, Ardagh Group, is based in Tampa, Fla., according to the release.

To contact writer Jenna Mink, call 256-9751.

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