Region 10 News Release: 11-301-SEA (11-60)
March 28, 2011
Contact: Jeannine Lupton
US Department of Labor's OSHA cites CTI-SSI Food Services
of Wilder, Idaho, for safety violations; fines total $132,000
SEATTLE – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited CTI-SSI Food Services LLC of Wilder, Idaho, with 15 serious, one repeat and one other-than-serious violation after an inspection of its facility identified a potential release of anhydrous ammonia and other workplace hazards. Proposed penalties total $132,000.
OSHA's area office in Boise began an investigation last year as part of a national emphasis program on chemical facilities.
"This employer disregarded industry-recognized hazards and exposed workers to the threat of serious injury or death associated with the potential release of anhydrous ammonia," said Dean Ikeda, OSHA's regional administrator in Seattle. "Additionally, OSHA identified serious electrical, lockout/tagout and fall hazards."
The serious violations involve inadequate process safety management, failing to provide fall protection and failing to provide electrical guarding protection. In addition, the employer did not require use of locking devices to make equipment safe during maintenance procedures. 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.
A repeat citation was issued due to the lack of an employee alarm system that was audible or recognizable over other workplace noise. The company was cited for the same violation on March 7, 2008. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited 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.
Finally, the company was issued one other-than-serious citation for failing to monitor airborne chromium exposure. 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.
CTI-SSI Food Services LLC, which provides cooked and uncooked meat for the fast food industry, has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to contest these findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Prior to contesting, the employer can request an informal conference with OSHA's area director. To report workplace incidents, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, call the agency's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742).
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.
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