Company faces $782K in fines for continually exposing employees to hazards

Placed in OSHA’s severe violator enforcement program

Posted August 23, 2019

OSHA has cited a Wisconsin company for continually exposing employees to machine safety hazards at its cookie dough manufacturing facility. The company faces $782,526 in penalties and has been placed in the Agency’s severe violator enforcement program.

OSHA cited the company for five egregious willful violations for failing to implement and train employees on lockout/tagout procedures to prevent unintentional contact with machine operating parts during service and maintenance. Inspectors also determined that the company failed to install machine guarding, and comply with forklift regulations.

OSHA cited the company for exposing employees to similar machine hazards following an October 2016 inspection. While the company developed comprehensive lockout/tagout procedures following the 2016 inspection, it failed to implement its own safety program.

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

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