OSHA has cited BWAY Corp., a Chicago-area manufacturer of rigid metal, plastic and hybrid containers for five repeated and five serious safety violations of machine safety procedures, and placed the company in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program following investigations into four separate reports of workers suffering injuries. In the past five years, 15 workers suffered amputations at the Chicago plant.
The company faces $503,380 in proposed penalties.
The agency issued repeated citations for failing to train workers in lockout/tagout procedures that prevent unintentional machine movement and inadequate machine guarding on a mechanical power press, belts and pulleys, and chains and sprockets. The five serious citations involve failing to lockout equipment prior to clearing jams and inadequate machine guarding on multiple pieces of equipment.
Based in Atlanta, BWAY Corp has 27 facilities and about 4,000 employees in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico – with about 500 employees in Chicago.