Missouri Food Flavoring Manufacturer Cited in Worker Fatality

Source: Katarzyna Białasiewicz - 123RF

OSHA has cited Kerry Inc. for failing to provide fall protection to employees working in the company’s facility in Greenville, Missouri, after an employee fatally fell while trying to extinguish a fire at the plant.

The food flavoring company faces $223,525 in penalties for one willful and eight serious safety violations.

After an April 2019 inspection, OSHA determined that the company failed to:

  • Designate, train and educate a fire brigade properly on how to respond to such emergencies;
  • Evaluate hazards to determine the need for personal protective equipment;
  • Provide approved self-contained breathing apparatus;
  • Complete required safety data sheets (SDS); and
  • Repair damaged parts.

OSHA has placed the company in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

Falls are among the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths.

Employers must set up the workplace to prevent employees from falling off of overhead platforms, elevated work stations or into holes in the floor and walls.