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SFFI Company, Inc., also known as Simply Fresh Fruit, is facing $79,245 in fines after a worker’s hand was crushed while cleaning a rotating auger at its Vernon, CA, facility, said officials at California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal OSHA).

Inspectors found the company failed to train workers on safe lockout/tagout and control of hazardous energy procedures.

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The company is facing two regulatory, three general, and fives serious citations.

Prior to and during the course of the inspection, including but not limited to December 27, 2018, the employer failed to implement and maintain an effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program, in that:

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Instance 1: The employer failed to recognize the hazards associated with an employee working at elevated heights in excess of 10 fee, without guardrails on one side of the platform, without fall protection, while cleaning a rotating auger.

Instance 2: The employer failed to recognize hazards associated with an employee improperly using an A-Frame ladder to access a landing or platform to perform cleaning operation of the auger.

Instance 3: The employer failed to recognize hazards associate with an employee climbing an A-Frame ladder to a height in excess of 10 feet, in a wet environment.

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