Saw Injury Brings Safety Fines

Thursday, March 3, 2016 @ 04:03 PM gHale

FPL Food LLC is facing $67,270 in fines for 15 serious safety violations at its Augusta, GA, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA initiated an investigation after learning a worker ended up hospitalized after a workplace injury. On Dec. 3, 2015, a hydraulic saw lacerated the abdomen of a 36-year-old saw operator as he cut meat. The worker ended up severely injured.

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OSHA investigators found the saw’s safety cut-off switches were not functioning properly.

The agency cited FPL Food LLC for exposing workers to falls on platforms without rails; electric shock from improper wiring; and amputations from unguarded cutting blades. Additionally, the employer did not provide a fully functional eyewash station for workers handling leaking batteries. The company also failed to train workers on the specific procedures to prevent machinery from starting up during maintenance and servicing.

“The results of this investigation clearly indicate that FPL Food’s safety and health management plan is ineffective and not being enforced,” said William Fulcher, OSHA’s area director in the Atlanta-East Office. “Management must make worker safety its top priority and be engaged in enforcing it.”

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