Dec. 19, 2007
Contact: Dan Fuqua Michael Wald
Phone: 404-562-2078 404-562-2076
Federal inspectors discover 16 safety and health violations
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed $59,950 in penalties against Henry's Hickory House, a Jacksonville meat processor, for violating federal safety and health standards.
"OSHA will act when employers fail to take the steps necessary to protect the safety and health of their employees," said James Borders, director of OSHA's Jacksonville Area Office.
The agency issued four repeat citations and proposed $45,000 in penalties against the company for failing to conduct proper lockout/tagout procedures on production equipment, and for failing to maintain OSHA records as required by law. The company was cited for these same violations after a 2005 inspection. Lockout/tagout procedures are intended to prevent machinery from functioning while employees perform maintenance.
Four serious safety violations were uncovered, including the lack of lockout/tagout procedures specific to each piece of machinery, not providing machine guarding, not correcting electrical hazards and failing to repair a broken eyewash station. Proposed penalties totaled $10,950 for these violations.
Eight other-than-serious violations also were found, including three recordkeeping violations, resulting in $4,000 in proposed penalties.
The company has 15 working days to contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The site was inspected by staff from OSHA's Jacksonville Area Office, 1851 Executive Center Drive, Suite 227, telephone 904-232-2895.
OSHA operates a vigorous enforcement program, conducting more than 39,000 inspections in fiscal year 2007 and exceeding its inspection goals in each of the last eight years. In fiscal year 2007, OSHA found nearly 89,000 violations of its standards and regulations.
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 assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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