Amputation Brings Fines for Kraft Heinz

Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 04:03 PM gHale

Kraft Heinz Foods Company is facing $109,939 in fines for machine safety violations after an employee suffered a partial finger amputation while clearing a machine jam at the company’s Mason, OH, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Kraft Heinz Foods is looking at three serious violations and one repeat violation.

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In one serious violation, the employer did not provide training that gave liquid machine operators the knowledge and skills required to safety remove and change out the dies, Teflon and remove jams. Specifically, employees were not trained on the methods and means necessary for energy isolation.

In another serious violation, OSHA Found employees who perform servicing and/or maintenance on the liquid machines were not required to:
• Know the type and magnitude of the energy, the hazard of the energy to be controlled, and the method or means to control the energy
• Turn off and shut down the machines
• Physically locate and operate the electrical disconnect and pneumatic disconnect in such a manner as to isolate the machine or equipment from the energy source
• Affix a lockout device to the electrical disconnect and pneumatic disconnect
• Prior to starting work on machines that have been locked out or tagged out, verify that isolation and deenergization of the machine or equipment have been accomplished

In the third serious violation, on November 17, 2017, an employee was in the process of reaching up the chute of the liquid department machine #11 to pull down condiment packets that were sticking when his or her finger was caught in the knife blade

In the repeat violation, the employer did not design specific procedural steps for isolating the energy source for the filler machines when changing out Teflon, dies and removing jams.

OSHA inspectors determined Kraft Heinz Foods failed to: Implement energy control procedures to prevent equipment from unintentionally starting; install adequate machine guards and energy isolation devices; and train employees on the use of energy control procedures.



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