Temp Worker Hospitalized After Machine Accident at Bread Factory

OAK CREEK, Wis. – Bread maker Joseph Campione Inc., has been cited for five safety violations after a worker was seriously injured on a machine that allegedly was not properly guarded.

Staff at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have proposed $85,800 in fines for Campione following an inspection at the firm’s Oak Creek plant on Jan. 27.

Five days earlier, a 30-year-old temporary employee caught her hand in a cutting and sealing machine, causing burns and cuts to tendons and ligaments that required extensive surgery, OSHA said.

The bulk of the agency’s proposed fine is for a “willful” violation for inadequately guarding machinery. When OSHA alleges such violations, it essentially is saying a company intentionally disregarded the law or simply did not care about employee safety.

A representative from the company said Campione has a strong safety program, with training, management involvement and regular checks on whether machinery is set up properly.

Campione employs about 520 people.