American Pop Corn Co. is facing $47,513 in fines for multiple violations at is Sioux City, Iowa, facility, said officials at the Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Iowa OSHA).
The company is facing 19 serious violations and one other than serious violation.
The popcorn maker is facing violations for failing to train workers, ensure proper lockout/tagout procedures were followed, use machine guarding, and for not developing and implementing safe confined space procedures.
In one violation, the employer failed to erect toeboards on elevated work platforms to prevent materials, parts and/or tools from falling to a lower level. The work platform without toeboards included but was not limited to one on the fourth floor of the New Yellow Elevator which had a metal tube extending past the platform directly above an employee working on the second floor below.
In another citation, the employer failed to develop and implement procedures/practices when enter confined spaces. Confined spaces included but were not limited to the boot pits which permits were not completed prior to entry.
Also, the employer failed to develop and implement Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) procedures. The employer had different LOTO machine specific procedure formats and both had inadequacies/deficiencies.