Beloit, WI-based Kerry Ingredients & Flavours Inc. is facing $50,000 in fines for three repeat violations at its Flemington, NJ, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The report comes after an OSHA Site-Specific Targeting Program for industries with high injury and illness rates.
“Not using proper safeguards leaves workers at risk of serious injury,” said Patricia Jones, director of OSHA’s Avenel, NJ, office.
The violations involve amputation and laceration hazards due to a lack of lockout procedures for the energy sources of specific equipment, and the improper adjustment of bench rests and guards on a bench grinder. Officials cited similar violations at the company’s Chicago facility in May and October 2008. A repeat violation exists when an employer faced previous citations for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.
“Employers can take proactive steps alongside workers to identify and eliminate hazardous conditions by establishing an injury and illness prevention program,” said Robert Kulick, OSHA’s regional administrator in New York.
Kerry Ingredients & Flavours Inc. manufactures cereal, soft drinks and seasonings, and employs 45 workers at the Flemington site.