Fiesta Mart Fails to Guard Ban Saws, Faces $1 Million in Willful Violations

Despite a history of violations and worker injuries dating back almost a decade, Fiesta Mart LLC – a Houston-based supermarket operator – continues to fail in its legal obligations to protect employees. Made apparent after federal inspections in February and May 2022 determined two butchers suffered amputation injuries due to unguarded machinery.

At two of the chain’s locations, OSHA learned that two employees suffered fingertip amputations while using band saws to cut meat at the chain’s supermarkets.

OSHA inspections dating back to 2015 – a year when Fiesta Mart workers sustained amputation injuries in Fort Worth and Dallas – found the grocery store chain repeatedly exposed meat department employees to amputation hazards. In 2018, workers at two stores in Garland and Plano suffered similar injuries.

Following the most recent inspections, OSHA cited the company for seven willful violations for failing to guard machinery, and proposed $1,015,189 in penalties. The latest infractions mark the 13th time in nine years that OSHA has cited Fiesta Mart for failing to guard band saws.

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