On September 25, 2017, it was announced that a Chicago manufacturer of rigid metal, plastic and hybrid containers would face a proposed penalty of $503,380 after OSHA inspectors responded to four separate reports of workers being injured at the company’s facility. After an investigation, OSHA has cited BWAY Corporation for five repeated and five serious safety violations. The company has also been placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program.
During the past five years, 15 workers at BWAY’s Chicago plant have suffered amputations. Over the course of the investigation, OSHA discovered that one employee had suffered two broken bones after his hand was crushed by a piece of equipment. Three others suffered amputations due to unguarded chain and sprocket assemblies.
OSHA issued repeated citations to BWAY for failing to train workers in proper lockout and tagout procedures, which could potentially prevent unintentional machine movement. The company was also cited for insufficient machine guarding. All five serious citations are directly related to failing to lockout equipment before clearing jams, as well as inadequate machine guarding on various equipment.
BWAY is based out of Atlanta, Georgia. At this point in time, the company has 27 facilities and approximately 4,000 employees in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. BWAY has roughly 500 employees in Chicago.
BWAY has 15 business days from the receipt of the citations to comply, contest the finding or request an informal conference with OSHA.