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Region 2 News Release: 12-472-NEW (osha 12-036)
April 2, 2012
Contact: Leni Fortson      Joanna Hawkins
Phone: 215-861-5102      215-861-5101
Email: uddyback-fortson.lenore@dol.gov      hawkins.joanna@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA proposes $71,000 in fines to Atlanta-based
BWAY Corp. for safety, health hazards at Dayton, NJ, plastics facility

DAYTON, N.J. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited BWAY Corp., headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., for three repeat, three serious and two other-than-serious safety and health violations at the company's Dayton plastics manufacturing facility. Proposed penalties total $71,000 following an inspection initiated as part of OSHA's National Emphasis Program on Amputations.

The repeat violations, with $60,000 in penalties, include failing to develop lockout/tagout procedures for the energy sources of specific equipment, conduct and certify monthly crane hook inspections, and protect electrical live parts with approved enclosures. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. Similar violations were cited in 2011 at a Macon, Ga., facility.

The serious violations with $11,000 in penalties were cited for failing to address noise hazards and ensure that lockout procedures of energy sources were in place to prevent amputation hazards. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

The other-than-serious violations, with no monetary penalties, include failing to notify employees of noise sampling results and evaluate powered industr