Supermarket chain faces $140K in fines after conveyor belt injures bakery worker

Agency found employees routinely cleaned machine without turning it off, locking power source

Posted July 1, 2016

An employee at a Rochester, New York, commercial bakery located inside of a supermarket chain suffered a severe injury while performing a basic function of her job on December 16, 2015. The DOL reports the worker was cleaning an operating conveyor belt and roller when her hand was caught between the belt and the roller and the machine pulled it in. She sustained broken bones in her hand and arm.

An OSHA investigation found that bakery employees cleaned the conveyor belt and roller routinely without turning it off and locking out its power source. This violates the agency’s hazardous energy control standard. Investigators also found that the company failed to train employees on how to do so. OSHA cited the bakery for similar hazards in October 2011 and September 2015.

As a result of its latest inspection, OSHA has now cited the company for two repeated violations of workplace safety standards and proposed a total of $140,000 in fines for those violations.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, meet with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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