MillerCoors Fined After Worker's Finger Amputated

Federal labor regulators last week proposed $77,000 in penalties for MillerCoors over violations found in its brewery in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Federal labor regulators last week proposed $77,000 in penalties for MillerCoors over violations found in its brewery in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration identified one willful and one serious safety violation during its inspection in January, which was prompted by an employee who lost a finger in a December accident in the brewery's maintenance shop.

Inspectors found that machining tools lacked required safety guards -- which could have prevented the incident -- as well as emergency stops.

"MillerCoors completely disregarded the safety of the workers who operate machinery to maintain the equipment in the facility," OSHA area director Jack Rector said in a statement.

The brewer has 15 days following receipt of the citations to comply, request a conference with OSHA officials or contest the findings.

MillerCoors, which employs about 700 at the Fort Worth brewery, said that the issues "have already been remedied."

"The safety of our employees always has been and remains the top priority at MillerCoors," the company said.

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