ROME, Ga. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Marglen Industries, Inc. on Monday.
The citation was for one willful and one serious safety violation after a worker's four fingers were amputated while servicing a dust collector's air lock system at the Marglen facility in Rome, according to Michael D'Aquino of the U.S. Department of Labor Office and Public Affairs.
D'Aquino said OSHA initiated the inspection in response to the incident under the agency's National Emphasis Program on Amputations.
The willful violation is due to Marglen's allowance of employees to work on equipment and machines without developing, documenting and using a specific procedure for de-energizing the system. A willful violation is committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements.
The serious violation comes from the failing of Marglen to train workers to recognize hazardous energy sources, their types and strengths, and how to isolate energy. A serious violation could result in death or physical harm.
"Although the company has a lockout/tagout program, it was not implemented for this machine, resulting in serious injury to a worker," Andre Richards, director of OSHA's Atlanta-West Area Office said. "It is the employer's responsibility to ensure that proper safety procedures are followed at all times."
Marglen recycles plastic bottles into carpet or food-grade packaging. According to D'Aquino, the penalties total $69,300. Marglen has 15 business days from receiving the violation to comply, request a conference with OSHA, or contest the findings.