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Region 5 News Release: 14-1321-CHI
Aug. 14, 2014
Contact: Scott Allen      Rhonda Burke
Phone:       312-353-6976
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov      burke.rhonda@dol.gov

2 workers injured at Burrows Paper Corp.
OSHA cites Franklin, Ohio, plant for 2 repeat and 4 serious safety violations

FRANKLIN, Ohio – Two employees of Burrows Paper Corp. in Franklin were injured in separate incidents after the food box manufacturer failed to provide adequate machine guarding and implement energy isolating procedures during servicing and maintenance. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued two repeat and four serious safety violations to the company for exposing workers to amputation and struck-by hazards. Proposed penalties total $58,800.

"It is inexcusable that the company continued to expose workers to these hazards, many among the 10 most frequently cited by OSHA. A corporation, such as Burrows Paper, should be well-versed in the safety requirements for operating machinery in its plants," said Bill Wilkerson, OSHA's area director in Cincinnati.

OSHA initiated the first inspection after receiving a complaint that a worker was struck by a trolley car on Feb. 18, 2014, resulting in a leg injury requiring hospitalization. A second complaint inspection was opened after OSHA learned another employee had her hand caught in the chain and sprockets of a packaging machine on March 13, 2014, resulting in a broken finger and missed workdays.

Four serious violations were cited for lack of machine guarding, which enabled the first employee to be struck by the automated trolley, and lack of energy control procedures, such as physically shutting off devices p