Glass manufacturer fined $145K for repeat safety violations, including a lack of worker training

Glass manufacturer fined $145K for repeat safety violations, including a lack of worker training

May 9, 2024
The company was investigated in January after inspections in October and December 2022 found workers exposed to machine hazards.

An OSHA follow-up inspection at Gerresheimer Glass Inc. has found that the manufacturer is still not properly training its workers in machine safety procedures. The company, which produces medical glass bottles and vials, was investigated in January after inspections in October and December 2022 found workers exposed to machine hazards. Based on this most recent inspection, Gerresheimer Glass has been cited for one repeat violation and four serious violations. These violations include failing to implement energy control procedures during a mold change, letting workers operate forklifts without necessary training, and exposing workers to an unguarded chain and sprocket on a crusher machine. The company faces $145,415 in penalties.

What people are saying

In a recent quote, OSHA Chicago South Area Director James Martineck said, “Ignoring OSHA and industry-recommended machine safety procedures is a leading cause of injuries in the manufacturing industry. Workers must be trained in specific safety procedures for each machine they operate or service and they should never be exposed to operating machine parts. Employers are responsible for ensuring safe working conditions for all employees in their facilities.”

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About the Author

Alexis Gajewski | Senior Content Strategist

Alexis Gajewski has over 15 years of experience in the maintenance, reliability, operations, and manufacturing space. She joined Plant Services in 2008 and works to bring readers the news, insight, and information they need to make the right decisions for their plants. Alexis also authors “The Lighter Side of Manufacturing,” a blog that highlights the fun and innovative advances in the industrial sector. 

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