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OSHA News Release – Region 2
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 2 News Release: BOS 2002-180
August 20, 2002
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074
Serious and Repeat Safety and Health Violations at Rochester Food Processor Lead to $78,500 in Proposed OSHA Fines
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Numerous and repeated exposures of employees to safety and health hazards at a Rochester area food processing plant have resulted in $78,500 in proposed fines against Cantisano Foods, Inc., of Fairport, N.Y.
The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited the company for alleged violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act at its facility located at 815 West Whitney Road. The firm has until Sept. 5 to contest the citations.
According to Joseph Brown, OSHA's acting area director in Buffalo, the action results from an inspection that took place between March 28 and August 12, 2002, which was conducted as a follow up inspection to an accident investigation from over a year ago. The just-completed inspection also incorporated a comprehensive review of the workplace based on OSHA's national emphasis program for food processing industries.
As a result of the inspection, Cantisano Foods, Inc., has been cited for ten alleged serious violations of OSHA's safety and health standards, which include a proposed penalty of $28,500 for failing to: provide safe mobile ladders; provide emergency exit directional signs where exits were not readily visible; ensure employees using liquids and powders that could injure the eyes wore proper protective glasses; ensure that fire extinguishers were readily available for use; ensure that propane tanks were properly secured to forklift trucks; guard the punch point on an ironworker machine; ensure access to electrical power panels was kept clear; label products in secondary containers; ensure employees using liquids and powders understood the hazards; and several items concerning the overexposure of employees to high levels of workplace noise.
Cantisano Foods was also cited for two alleged repeat violations, carrying proposed penalties of $50,000 for failing to train temporary employees in lockout/tagout standard requirements for dealing with hazardous energy releases in the workplace; and for failing to inform and educate temporary employees in evacuation and/or fire procedures.
A serious violation is defined as a condition that exists where there is a substantial possibility that death or serious physical harm can result to an employee. A repeat violation is one in which the employer has been cited during the past three years for substantially similar infractions of the law.
The investigation was conducted by OSHA's Buffalo Area Office, located at 5360 Genesee Street, Bowmansville, N.Y. Telephone (716) 684-3891.
The information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (617) 565 2072. TDD (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) Message Referral Phone: 800 347 8029.
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