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Hubbard facility issued 11 citations by OSHA



Published: Tue, April 16, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.

OSHA cites Ball Aerosol for violations

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A manufacturing facility here has been cited for 11 safety violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Ball Aerosol and Specialty Containers Inc., on Myron Street, was cited for exposing workers to machine- guarding hazards with fines totaling $589,000.

According to a release from OSHA, the administration initiated an inspection of the facility Oct. 17, 2012, after receiving a complaint that alleged Ball Aerosol exposed machine operators to unguarded hazardous machinery, even though the employer had been cited by OSHA for lack of machine guarding on the same equipment in 2009. OSHA’s inspection found that the company knowingly permitted workers to operate the machines without proper guarding. The inspection revealed that the guarding was not installed or was removed because it slowed material positioning and production output, the release said.

“Ball Aerosol’s management made a decision to continue to expose machine operators to serious amputation hazards,” said Nick Walters, OSHA’s regional administrator in Chicago. “Workers should not be asked to take such risks, and OSHA will not tolerate such disregard for worker safety.”

The corporation, based in Broomfield, Colo., produces small metal containers for use by a variety of food, beverage and chemical industries. It employs about 12,000 workers, operates 31 production plants in the U.S. and has facilities in Asia, Europe, South America and Canada. The Hubbard facility employs 57 workers and specializes in the production of three-piece welded paint and general-lines cans, the release said.

Ball Aerosol said in a press release that it disagreed with the OSHA findings.

“We intend to resolve our disagreements through the regulatory process and cannot comment further,” said Renee Robinson, a corporate communications manager with Ball Aerosol. “We will take whatever measures that are appropriate at the end of this review to ensure that we are continuing to maintain a safe environment for our employees.”


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1grazor50(53 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

just as with all government operations, they come in and make decisions for the workers and have never studied the actual concerns for the operations. They have fit everyone rules that do not always apply to everyone's business, but it is a way to fine and take big money, instead of trying to work with companies to make this a better working atmosphere. The gov. agency OSHA is best noted for giving ridiculous fines and of NO assistance to anyone except their cause and financial gain.Has there been a major source of injuries at the plant , then they have cause to be there, not to fine, but to discuss alternative solutions, but NO the money comes first and foremost as with current regulations in all gov. forms

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2AnotherAverageCitizen(1174 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

grazor,

well shoud we wait until people die or lose limbs before OSHA acts?

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3blueyez(1 comment)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

grazor50- you obviously have no idea how OSHA operates. For one OSHA has some of the lowest penalties of any government agency. If Ball was fined for EPA violations their penalties would be in the millions. Second, OSHA does not profit from penalties assessed, the penalties go into OSHA's budget so that the agency can operate. There have also been times where OSHA has the companies pay their penalties to victim's families when deaths have occurred. To say that OSHA comes in, and takes money first and foremost is absurd. If a complaint hadn't been called in, OSHA wouldn't have been there. So obviously someone from within the company (most likely an employee) was concerned with the safety of the machines. It’s not like OSHA comes in, and makes up citations just because they feel like it. They obviously saw problems with machine guarding, and cited them for it. OSHA doesn’t always go strictly by their regulations. If the manufacturer of Machine A says that machine should be guarded, OSHA uses Machine A’s operation manual as a source for their citations. Get off your soap box and learn a little about OSHA, their regulations, their inspection procedures, and their penalties.

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