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Fort Worth brewery fined after worker gets finger cut off

MillerCoors was fined $77,000 after a worker’s finger got cut off at its Fort Worth plant.
MillerCoors was fined $77,000 after a worker’s finger got cut off at its Fort Worth plant. Special/Brandon Wade

MillerCoors has been fined $77,000 after a worker’s finger was cut off at the company’s south Fort Worth brewery in December, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Wednesday.

OSHA issued citations to MillerCoors for “willful and serious” violations, the agency said in a statement.

OSHA began investigating Jan. 5 when it received a report that an employee’s finger was severed at the brewery’s maintenance shop in the 7100 block of South Freeway. The accident happened Dec. 22.

The shop’s lathes, used for cutting and drilling, lacked safety guards and emergency stops, OSHA found.

“MillerCoors completely disregarded the safety of the workers who operate machinery to maintain the equipment in the facility,” Jack A. Rector, OSHA’s Fort Worth area director, said in a statement.

In a prepared statement, MillerCoors said: “The safety of our employees always has been and remains the top priority at MillerCoors. The issues brought forth in the citation have already been remedied, and we will continue to work with OSHA in our ongoing commitment to the well-being of our workforce.”

MillerCoors employs about 700 workers at the Fort Worth brewery.

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