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Warner Robins Worker Loses Finger, Company Fined
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Ardagh Glass Inc. of Warner Robins for safety violations after a worker was injured at the plant.

According to a release from OSHA, a worker suffered an amputated finger and a crushed hand while removing a glass mold from a bottle-shaping machine.

The company was cited for "one willful and one serious safety violation." 

The willful violation involves failing to develop and use lockout/tagout procedures when workers are performing service and setup operations on equipment.  A willful violation is defined as one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law, or with plain indifference to worker and safety health.

The serious violation involves failing to ensure that workers operating equipment were protected to prevent contact with moving parts and molten glass. A serious violation is defined when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard the employer knew or should have known about.

Ardagh Glass could face fines of $77,000 for the violations.  The company has 15 business days to correct the issues, request a conference with OSHA or contest the findings.

Ardagh is the corporate name for the Anchor Glass Company located at 1044 Booth Road in Warner Robins.

The business is owned by Ardagh Group, a glass and metal packaging company based in Tampa, Florida.  According to it's website, Ardagh Group has 100 facilities in 25 countries and employs 18,000 people.

Ardagh Group produces packaging for many well-known brands, including Coca-Cola, Heinz, Del Monte and many alcoholic beverage companies. 

Ardagh sent 13WMAZ the following statement in e-mail Tuesday:

Re: OSHA Citation at Glass Plant in Warner Robins 

The Ardagh Group is committed to the safety of its employees.  In response to the incident that occurred in March 2013, the Company has implemented changes in its procedures and processes to abate the concerns raised in the citation issued on July 5, 2013 by OSHA. 

The Warner Robins facility is part of a recent acquisition in the United States and is in the process of adopting Ardagh's rigorous best practices including safety systems, processes and procedures.  These best practices have been applied across the Group and have led to year on year improvements in safety performance.

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