McCleskey Mills Inc. is facing $72,553 in fines for 28 safety and health violations for exposing workers to amputations, falls and other safety hazards, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The agency initiated the February inspection at the peanut processing plant in Rochelle, GA, after receiving a complaint.
McCleskey Mills processes and provides raw, shelled peanuts to manufacturers and customers in the United States and abroad. McCleskey employs 70 workers at this facility and 200 workers nationwide.
“McCleskey Mills cannot continue to expose its employees to these hazards and must immediately address the lack of safety controls,” said Robert Vazzi, director of OSHA’s Savannah Area Office. “An effective safety and health management system would have identified these hazards and corrected them. This company has to do more to protect its employees.”
The serious violations were for exposing workers to fall hazards due to missing railings on platforms, stairs and ladders, failing to protect workers from moving parts of machines during repairs and servicing, and for blocking an exit by installing a piece of sheet metal in front of a door. Additionally, the employer failed to provide workers with personal protective equipment or have an emergency eyewash station or shower located adjacent to work areas that required them.
McCleskey also received four additional safety violations with no monetary penalties assessed. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.