OSHA Cites Burrows Paper for the Fourth Time in a Year

The food box manufacturer has repeatedly exposed workers to amputation hazards, according to OSHA.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that workers at Burrows Paper Corp. were unjamming and servicing machines without proper safeguards during an Aug. 25, 2014 inspection. This is the fourth time in the past year that the company has been cited for hazards at its Franklin, Ohio, food box manufacturing facility, according to the agency.

OSHA has placed the company in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program for failing to correct safety deficiencies and has proposed fines of $122,500.

"How long will it take before Burrows Paper begins to value the safety and health of its employees? Injuries caused by these machines often end in disfigurement, disability or death, yet this company continuously fails to fix those problems," said Bill Wilkerson, OSHA's area director in Cincinnati. "This is frustrating and inexcusable, and we promise that we'll keep coming back until Burrows Paper learns that safety is nonnegotiable."

OSHA's most recent inspection found that Burrows Paper had not developed procedures to ensure that the die- cutting machine and paper-sorting machine would not unintentionally operate during servicing or maintenance.

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