Our Atlanta workplace accident attorneys saw news earlier this month of another tragic workplace accident that occurred at a facility in Georgia due to the company’s safety violations. The company at issue here is Ardagh Glass Inc., the corporate name for Anchor Glass Company, which is a subsidiary of the Ardagh Group based in Tampa, Florida. Ardagh Group has 100 facilities in 25 countries and employs a total of 18,000 people. Ardagh Glass, the company involved, makes glass and metal packaging for food and drinks, including for well known brands like Coca-Cola, Heinz, Del Monte, and various other alcohol brands. The recent accident occurred at the company’s facility in Warner Robins, Georgia, located at 1044 Booth Road.
In March of this year, an employee was removing a glass mold from a bottle-shaping machine when one of his fingers was amputated and his hand was crushed. After that incident, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), part of the US Department of Labor, instituted an investigation under its National Emphasis Program on Amputations. Earlier in July, OSHA cited Ardagh for this incident for one serious (failure to prevent workers from contact with moving parts or molten glass) and one willful (with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard of the legal requirements) safety violation. The violations come from the facilities failure to have lockout/ tagout procedures for workers setting up and servicing equipment.
Bill Fulcher, director of OSHA’s Atlanta-East Area Office, said, “the employer was fully aware that workers reached into the moving machine while they serviced the glass molds, yet nothing was done to protect workers from serious injury. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that proper safety procedures are understood and followed at all times.” As a result, Ardagh was fined by OSHA $77,000.
Ardagh Glass defended itself in a statement, saying the Warner Robins plant was a newly acquired facility and that the company was in the process of implementing their best practice policies, including one on worker safety issues. The statement also said that the company had already been implementing procedures to alleviate the areas of concern raised by the March accident that cost one worker his finger and damaged his hand. The company also noted that there have been yearly safety improvements within the company overall.
Atlanta Workplace Accident and Worker’s Compensation Attorneys
If you or a family member have been hurt on the job, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Sammons & Carpenter may be able to help you get the compensation you need and deserve. Workplace safety is a serious issue and companies and employers need to deal with it accordingly. OSHA fines and complaints are useful for government regulation, but if you are injured and cannot work or pay your medical bills, an attorney could help with your personal case or worker’s compensation claim. Contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.
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