Cereal Maker Fined for Safety Hazards

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 @ 09:06 AM gHale


California Cereal Products Inc. is facing $40,600 in fines for nine serious safety and health violations for exposing full-time and temporary workers to electrical, fall and noise hazards following an inspection at the company’s cereal production facility in Macon, GA, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The agency initiated the December inspection because of a complaint. California Cereal Products specializes in organic, gluten-free and rice flour products.

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“The employer has failed to protect full-time and temporary workers from easily identified workplace hazards that can result in death or permanent disability,” said Bill Fulcher, director of OSHA’s Atlanta-East Area Office. “Allowing workers to be exposed to serious hazards demonstrates a lack of commitment to employee safety and health.”

With $39,900 in penalties, the serious safety and health violations include the employer’s failure to provide permanent and temporary workers with training to protect themselves from moving machine parts during servicing and maintenance activities and for exposing workers to fall hazards. The company failed to institute a monitoring and training program for occupational noise exposure to prevent permanent hearing loss from unsafe noise levels. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

Other violations, with $700 in penalties, were cited for failure to conduct training for workers required to use powered industrial trucks and for not ensuring the required load safety data plates were intact and visible.



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