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2 Workers Injured While Cleaning Machinery in MS, OSHA Fines for Violations

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Corinth, MS – Mississippi Polymers has been cited for 11 “serious” safety violations, totaling $56,0000, for machine safety and lockout/tagout violations that resulted in severe injury and amputation for two Mississippi Polymers employees in the fall of 2015.

In both accidents OSHA investigated, workers were injured while attempting to clean machinery: On Sept. 28, a 41-year-old print tender suffered severe injury when his hand got entangled in a print roller and was crushed. Six days later on Oct. 4, amachine guard safety violations 59-year-old mill operator caught her hand in a print roller. The machine crushed her pinky finger so badly that a portion of the finger, up to the first joint, had to be amputated.

OSHA cited Mississippi Polymers for exposing workers to unguarded rollers, shafts, and gears; and failing to train workers on the specific procedures to prevent machinery from starting up during maintenance (processes known as lockout/tagout). As noted by OSHA officials, “protective guarding was available and could have prevented such incidents.”

The employer of more than 160 workers in Corinth, Mississippi Polymers manufactures functional and decorative films used in many products such as banners and billboards.

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