OSHA fines Macon plastic company for 2016 workplace death

Man killed while working at plastic company

The Macon company where a man died in 2016 after falling into a machine has been fined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

OSHA cited Diamond Plastics Corporation with two violations.

The first violation was for open sided floors and/or platforms not guarded with standard railings and toe boards, while the second violation was for not providing standard railings on the open sides of exposed stairways. 

Both of the violations are classified as serious.  

OSHA imposed a fine of $21,729.

Diamond Plastics, located on 7614 Industrial Highway, has until July 10 to correct the violations. 

In 2016, we reported on the company's history of safety violations.

In that report, Mike D'Aquino with the U.S. Department of Labor, says over the last 10 years, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, known as OSHA, has investigated two separate safety complaints at the Diamond Plastics Corporation in Macon.

He said the first complaint was filed in 2009, and the second in 2012. He said both of those complaints resulted in multiple serious violation citations by OSHA.

D'Aquino says Diamond Plastics Corporation paid almost $10,000 in penalties as a result of the investigations in 2009 and 2012.

Online records show OSHA cited the company for exposing workers to possible amputations from unguarded machinery.

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