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OSHA proposes $111,650 in fines against Packaging Corp of America for repeat violations at Akron, OH, sheet plant



AKRON, OH , July 31, 2014 (Press Release) - 

Packaging Corporation of America has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for eight-including five repeat-safety violations for failing to protect workers from amputation and other serious hazards. OSHA initiated an inspection Jan. 21, 2014, after receiving a complaint that workers were reaching in to unjam machines without turning off the machinery. The complaint also alleged that the company had workers standing on conveyor belts and operated forklifts without providing proper training. OSHA has proposed penalties of $111,650 for the company's Akron plant.

"This is the second time in two years an inspection at one of Packaging Corporation of America's facilities has found significant safety violations. What is happening at the plant demonstrates a company culture that does not value safety and puts employees at risk each day," said Howard Eberts, OSHA's area director in Cleveland.

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