Piramal facing fines from OSHA for worker burn accident

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Piramal Glass is facing proposed penalties totaling $122,000 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration following an accident in which an employee suffered third-degree burns to his legs and hands.

Piramal facing fines from OSHA for worker burn accident
The machine operator was injured in July when molten glass bottles fell on the production floor at the Park Hills, Missouri-based Piramal Glass USA Inc. facility and ignited oil residue that had leaked from the machines, according to an agency news release issued last week. The employee was not provided with fire-retardant protective clothing and the fire caused injures that have left him unable to return to work, according to OSHA.
An inspection by OSHA found that Piramal Glass failed to follow its own company and federal safety policies that could have prevented the injury. The agency cited the company for one willful, one repeated and six serious safety violations last week.
“A worker suffered excruciating injuries that could affect his health for years because Piramal Glass ignored company policy to require flame-resistant clothing for workers on the hot end of the bottle-making line,” Bill McDonald, OSHA's area director in St. Louis said in a statement. “It's not enough for employers to have good policies on the books — they must abide by them. The company needs to develop and comply with a comprehensive policy on personal protective clothing.”
According to the news release, OSHA inspectors also found that the company failed to train workers on health hazards for workplace chemicals, a violation the agency previously cited at the same facility in March 2014.
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