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.