Citations settled after employee injected with flammable propellant gas



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Gloria Gonzalez

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has settled citations and proposed penalties against a Massachusetts packaging company and two staffing agencies following a May 2016 incident in which an employee was injected with a flammable propellant gas.

OSHA found that Dudley, Massachusetts-based Shield Packaging Co. Inc. failed to implement required procedures to lock out the machine’s power sources or train the employee on how to recognize and avoid the hazard, according to an agency statement issued on Wednesday. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Shield Packaging will pay $150,000 in penalties, provide OSHA with documentation that all hazards have been corrected, retain a professional engineer to approve the design and installation of a safety interlock on the machine that injured the worker, retain a qualified safety consultant to perform a comprehensive inspection of the plant and develop a workplace safety and…