OSHA fines Opelika box manufacturer for hazards

Updated: Jul. 24, 2018 at 2:52 PM CDT
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OPELIKA, AL (WSFA) - A cardboard box maker in Opelika is facing more than $66,000 in fines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA.

Packaging Corp. of America failed to give its employees written procedures on how to control the release of hazardous energy and allowed them to operate machinery and forklifts without the proper training, OSHA is alleging.

The business has been cited for exposing employees to unprotected machinery and amputation hazards.

"Packaging Corp. of America should have incorporated a comprehensive safety and health program that would have identified these hazards and protected their employees from the risk of serious injuries," said OSHA Mobile Area Office Director Joseph Roesler.

The company has 15 business days to comply with the penalties or contest the findings of the investigation.

We reached out to the Packaging Corp. of America's headquarters and are waiting to hear back.

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