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Georgia manufacturer cited in worker’s head injury

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A Georgia manufacturing company has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a worker suffered severe injuries when his head became caught in a machine roller last summer.

OSHA on Monday cited Lafayette, Georgia-based Bonded Logic Inc. for two willful, two repeat and 10 serious violations after inspectors said the 21-year-old line operator at the insulation manufacturer sustained severe head trauma in the Aug. 24, 2022, workplace accident.

Inspectors accused the company of willfully failing to develop and use lockout and tagout procedures designed to prevent machines from suddenly starting and moving during maintenance operations.

The company is facing $423,432 in penalties. It has 15 days to contest the citations.

The repeat violations relate to claims that the company failed to install safety guards on machines and failed to certify forklift operators.

The other violations accuse the manufacturer of failing to train employees on hazards associated with confined spaces, failing to ensure energy control devices were applied to all energy sources during maintenance or servicing, and other alleged failures.

The company, which makes thermal and acoustical insulation products, was similarly cited in 2018 and 2021.