Packaging Specialties, Inc., is facing $144,900 in fines for repeatedly exposing workers to safety hazards, said officials at the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (M-OSHA).

Inspectors concluded the company failed to protect workers from amputation hazards, train workers to safely operate aerial lifts, and conduct periodic safety inspections for the control of hazardous energy.

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M-OSHA issued 17 violations including five serious, four repeat, six other than serious, and two repeat other than serious.

In one serious violation, there was no guard on the point of operation on the Diamond Guillotine Cardboard Cutter in the Design Lab. There was a single hand activation control that was not constant pressure to cycle the machine leaving two hands free during the cycle with exposure to the guillotine blade.

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In one repeat violation, a belt and pulley that is seven feet or less above the floor or platform and that is exposed to contact shall be guarded. However, there was no guard on the drive belt and pulley on the Bostitch Wire Stitcher in the Design Lab.

The company was cited for violations in 2015 and 2017.

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