Purina Feed Mill Faces Safety Violations

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 @ 12:04 PM gHale

Land O Lakes Purina Feed LLC, doing business as Purina Animal Nutrition is facing $40,200 in fines for five safety violations at its Wichita, Kansas, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA investigators cited Land O Lakes Purina Feed LLC for three serious, one repeat serious, and one repeat other than serious violations. The citations are the result of an October investigation.

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The inspection found:
• Workers exposed to fall hazards 6-10 feet from ladderway floor openings and platforms lacking guardrails.
• Employees exposed to grain dust explosion hazards. The employer failed to implement housekeeping procedures to prevent grain dust accumulation in priority and non-priority areas. In some areas, more than 5 inches of dust had accumulated.
• Workers exposed to dangerous sudden machine starts as the company failed to inspect and test energy control procedures annually as required.

“Falls are one of the leading causes of death in the workplace,” said Judy Freeman, OSHA’s area director in Wichita. “To help employers, OSHA offers a Stop Falls online resource with detailed information in English and Spanish on fall protection as well as other safety standards.”

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