Machine Safety Hazards at OH Food Packer

Friday, October 23, 2015 @ 11:10 AM gHale

Fairfield, Ohio-based Sugar Creek Packing Co. is facing $45,500 in fines for one repeat and three serious safety violations at its Dayton, Ohio, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Founded in 1966, Sugar Creek, operates five food processing plants in Ohio, Indiana and Kansas, with annual sales exceeding $650 million.

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OSHA investigators conducted an investigation after receiving a complaint in July. Inspectors found employees suffered exposure to amputation hazards while unjamming a machine, a violation for which the company received a citation at its Dayton, Ohio, facility in 2013.

OSHA also found the company failed to:
• Train workers in procedures for unjamming products from machines
• Use machine safety procedures to prevent unintentional operation during service and maintenance
• Protect workers from fall hazards from ladders

“Thousands of workers suffer preventable, disabling injuries each year because companies like Sugar Creek fail to follow machine safety procedures,” said Ken Montgomery, OSHA’s area director in Cincinnati. “It’s the employer’s responsibility to make sure workers aren’t exposed to unnecessary risks.”