Employer-reported Referral from Maintenance Employee Results in $231K in Proposed Penalties

Twenty times in the past five years, OSHA investigators have cited a food manufacturer for exposing workers to amputation and other serious hazards.

OSHA received an employer-reported referral from a Hearthside Food Solutions Inc. facility after a maintenance employee suffered the amputation of one finger and the partial amputation of another while troubleshooting a carton-closing machine.

The company was cited for one serious, one repeated, and one willful violation for failing to use lockout/tagout procedures to control hazardous energy sources. The company also failed to test machine safety procedures periodically for effectiveness and develop adequate procedures to control hazardous energy sources.

The agency has proposed penalties of $231,625.

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