Repeat Safety Fines for Bread Maker

Monday, November 10, 2014 @ 09:11 AM gHale

Service and maintenance machine workers at Good Old Days Foods Inc. are suffering from exposure to amputation and electric shock hazards due to a lack of machine guarding and lockout/tagout procedures at the Little Rock, AR, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Good Old Days Foods, based in Little Rock and specializing in unbaked frozen bread and pastry products.

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The company is facing $47,600 in fines for 14 violations. Two repeat violations, with a penalty of $14,000, were for worker exposure to housekeeping hazards, including ice accumulation on a freezer ceiling and floor holes on an expanded metal platform. The company faced similar violations in January 2012 at the same facility. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously faced citations for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.

Nine serious violations, with a $33,600 penalty, were for worker exposure to possible amputation hazards for failure to guard rotating machinery parts and implement lockout/tagout procedures to protect workers who service or maintain machines.

The company also exposed workers to electric shock hazards as they worked on machines with exposed wiring. 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. Three other violations, with no penalty, were for obstructed exit routes, improper housekeeping and using extension cords where permanent wiring was required.

“Moving machine parts have the potential to cause severe workplace injuries, such as amputations, burns and crushing. Any machine part, function or process that may cause injury must be safeguarded to protect workers,” said Carlos Reynolds, OSHA’s area director in Little Rock. “Unguarded machines have the potential to seriously injure or kill a worker.”

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