Safety Fines for Food Producer

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 @ 04:08 PM gHale


MVP Kosher Foods LLC is facing $140,000 in fines for 21 safety and health, including two repeat, violations at its Birdsboro, PA, facility, said officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The fines are the result of a February inspection initiated in response to a complaint.

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The repeat violations, which carry $65,000 in penalties, include failing to provide the proper guards for a ladder way and platforms. 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 other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. The company had the same violation in 2010.

“This company exposed its workers to unnecessary risk by not correcting these hazards,” said Kevin Kilp, director of OSHA’s Harrisburg Area Office. “All workers have the right to a safe and healthful work environment.”

Fifteen serious violations, with $74,000 in penalties, include failing to provide fixed stairs where required, properly support gas cylinders, develop lockout/tagout procedures and training to prevent the inadvertent start up of a machine, guard machines, protect workers from energized conductors, use flexible cords for proper purposes, prevent employees from working on live electrical parts, provide personal protective equipment for employees working on energized equipment, maintain a written hazard communication program and train workers on hazard communications, and provide a hearing conservation program. 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.

Also cited are four other-than-serious violations, with $1,000 in penalties, for failing to complete and post an OSHA 300 form on injuries and illnesses, conduct a hazard assessment, use equipment in accordance with listing and labeling, and effectively close openings through which conductors enter boxes. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.



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