OSHA Enforcement

Riverside, CA – Cal/OSHA has issued three citations and $66,000 in penalties to Empire Equipment Service, Inc. after a worker was killed in a trench cave-in.

Inspectors concluded that the company failed in the following areas:

  • To equip the excavation with adequate cave-in protection;
  • To inspect the excavation areas and protective system prior to the start of work; and
  • To correct unsafe conditions.

Brundidge, AL – OSHA has cited Southern Classic Food Group LLC for amputation and other hazards after two employees were hospitalized in separate incidents. The Brundidge, Alabama, food processor faces $164,997 in penalties.

On August 2, 2018, an employee suffered burns while using hot water under pressure. Six days later, another employee suffered an amputation to the tip of the finger.

OSHA cited the company for

  • Exposing employees to amputation hazards;
  • Failing to implement lockout/tagout procedures to control hazardous energy and train employees on these procedures;
  • Failing to ensure employees isolated energy sources before conducting line-breaking work;
  • Not providing personal protective equipment; and
  • Failing to implement a bloodborne pathogen program.

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