OSHA Cites Plastics Manufacturer After Severe Worker Injuries

Two employees suffered debilitating hand injuries, according to the agency.

OSHA announced it has cited Mississippi Polymers for exposing workers at a Corinth, Miss., site to unguarded rollers, rotating shafts, and gears; failing to train workers on the specific procedures to prevent machinery from starting up during maintenance and servicing and not providing safety rails on stairs.

The citations come after two serious injuries occurred in fall 2015. A print tender suffered severe injury when his hand entangled in a print roller and was crushed. Six days later, a mill operator caught her hand in a print roller, causing the machine to crush her pinky finger, according to the agency.

"This employer cannot continue to expose its employees to unguarded machinery and other serious safety hazards," said Eugene Stewart, OSHA's area director in Jackson. "Two workers were severely injured when protective guarding was available and could have prevented such incidents."

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