Summit Milk Products LLC, based in Waterloo, NY, is facing $143,954 in fines for ongoing failure to protect employees against burns at its facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The cheese and dairy products manufacturer faces the penalties for uncorrected and new hazards.

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OSHA inspected the facility in September after Summit Milk Products failed to inform the Department about how it corrected violations identified during a January 2017 inspection initiated after employees were seriously burned from heated milk in excess of 150 degrees.

The Agency issued citations for failing to provide adequate personal protective equipment, and not recording injuries in the OSHA 300 log.

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“Workplace injuries are preventable if employers provide appropriate safety equipment and required training,” said Christopher Adams, OSHA Syracuse Area Office Director. “Despite being cited three times in the past 14 months for similar hazards, this employer disregarded safety requirements and their employees were severely burned.”

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