Marshall Ingredients LLC is facing $300,062 in fines for failing to protect employees against amputations and other hazards at its Wolcott, NY, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
OSHA opened an investigation of the food ingredients manufacturer and distributor in July.
Investigators got involved after a temporary employee suffered a hand amputation.
The company ended up cited for willful and serious violations for failing to provide machine guarding to protect employees from contact with operating machinery; failing to develop procedures and provide training on how to prevent the unexpected startup of machinery; and exposing employees to fall, confined space, chemical, mechanical, electrical, and combustible dust hazards.
OSHA also cited the temporary staffing agency, People Ready, with two serious violations for lack of hazardous energy control and fire extinguisher training. The firm is facing $24,020 in fines.
“This incident could have been prevented had adequate machine guards been in place,” said OSHA Syracuse Area Office Director Christopher Adams. “Employers have a responsibility to implement and maintain safeguards to protect their employees from amputation hazards.”