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Liqui-Box Corp., an Ashland, OH, plastic bag manufacturer, is facing $155,208 in fines for serious and repeated violations of machine safety procedures, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA initiated an investigation after an employee clearing a jam on a bag sealing machine suffered a partial amputation of his thumb.

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Liqui-Box Corp. ended up cited for failing to adequately train employees on lockout/tagout procedures, and failing to complete required annual audits of the company’s safety processes.

As a result of the incident, the employer has been placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

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“Hundreds of workers are injured every year in manufacturing facilities because employers fail to follow machine safety procedures,” said Kim Nelson, OSHA Area Office Director in Toledo. “This company exposed an employee to serious injury by failing to take the necessary and well-known safety precautions.”

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