Kerry Inc. is facing $223,525 in fines for failing to provide fall protection to employees working in the company’s facility in Greenville, Missouri, after a worker fell to his death.
The food flavoring company faces the penalties for one willful and eight serious safety violations.
An employee fatally fell while trying to extinguish a fire at the plant. After an April 2019 inspection, OSHA determined 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; and repair damaged parts.
As a result of the incident, OSHA has placed the company in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program.
“This preventable tragedy should remind all employers of their obligation to evaluate their training programs and safety procedures continually, and to provide refresher training to ensure that workers are prepared for potential emergencies,” said OSHA St. Louis Area Director Bill McDonald.
OSHA offers compliance assistance resources on preventing falls, personal protective equipment, and respiratory protection.