One of Corinth’s largest manufacturers, the 160-employee Mississippi Polymers Inc., has been hit with a $56,300 fine after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the company for 11 serious safety violations.
The citations issued Jan. 14 say Mississippi Polymers exposed its workers to unguarded machinery and other safety hazards, OSHA said in a press notice Tuesday afternoon.
OSHA said it initiated two inspections after learning of two serious injuries that occurred last fall. On Sept. 28, a 41-year-old print tender sustained a severe injury when his hand entangled in a print roller and was crushed. Six days later on Oct. 4, a 59-year-old mill operator caught her hand in a print roller; the machine crushed her pinky finger so badly that a portion of the finger, up to the first joint, had to be amputated. Both workers were attempting to clean the machinery when the accidents occurred.
OSHA cited Mississippi Polymers for exposing workers to unguarded rollers, rotating shafts and gears; failing to train workers on the specific procedures to prevent machinery from starting up during maintenance and servicing and not providing safety rails on stairs.
“This employer cannot continue to expose its employees to unguarded machinery and other serious safety hazards,” said Eugene Stewart, OSHA’s area director in Jackson. “Two workers were severely injured when protective guarding was available and could have prevented such incidents.”
Mississippi Polymers, 2733 South Harper Road, makes functional and decorative films used in many products such as banners and billboards. The company employs more than 160 workers in Corinth.
The company has 15 business days to comply, request a conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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