AK Plastics Co. Facing Stiff Fines Following Worker Fatality

An Alaska-based Plastic Polymer company is facing heavy OSHA citations following the death of a female worker who became caught and pulled into the equipment’s rollers.

45-year-old Eva Saenz was working near the plastics recycling machine when the accident occurred.

Despite other workers alerting emergency services, responders pronounced her dead at the scene. Now, ABC Polymer Industries LLC, the Helena, Ala.-based plastics manufacturer for which she was employed, is facing $195,144 in citations for failing to install proper machine guarding to prevent worker injury or death.

The agency inspected ABC Polymer’s facilities immediately following the fatality and cited the company for numerous violations.

The company received one willful citation for failing to provide machine guarding to protect workers from caught-in and amputation hazards.

ABC Polymer Industries also was cited for numerous repeat, serious, and other-than-serious violations, which include:

  • Failing to evaluate all powered industrial trucks every three years;
  • Lack of specific safety procedures to shut down or isolate stored energy; and
  • Failing to install a rail system on both sides of an open platform.

The company has 15 business days to respond to the citations and proposed penalties, either in the form of compliance, requesting an informal conference or contesting the findings.