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Repeat Lockout Violation Means $70K Fine for Ball Can Corp.

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Findlay, OH – Ball Metal Beverage Container Corp. has been cited for two serious violations and one repeat lockout violation. Ball makes metal cans for a variety of industries has been fined $82,388 for federal safety violations found at its manufacturing plant in Findlay, OH. The repeat violation accounts for $69,713 of the total fine.

OSHA investigators documented violations at the Findlay plant involving a lack of safety guards on a machine to prevent injuries at the point where two or more mechanical parts rotate in opposite directions in the same plane or in proximity to each part. Safety guards are necessary protect employees from amputation injuries from rotating parts, and also to protect from flying chips and sparks.

Ball Container was also fined for failing to insure that employees used lockrepeat Lockout Tagout loto failuresout-tagout procedures when changing parts or supplies on machines that ink and decorate metal cans. Federal inspectors had found the same type of lockout violation last year at a Ball Corp. metal can plant in Weirton, West Virginia therefore making it a repeat violation.

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