The Higgins Group Corp. – operating as Higgins Premium Pet Foods – is facing $94,472 in fines for exposing employees to amputation, fall, and other safety hazards at its facility in Miami, FL, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The company is facing 17 serious violations and three other than serious violations.

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In one serious violation investigators said, the employer failed to protect workers who were exposed to crushed-by hazards from damaged or overloaded storage racks.

Investigators found the pet food manufacturer exposed employees to crushed-by hazards from damaged or overloaded storage racks; lack of machine guarding on gears, sprockets, and chains; failing to develop and implement a hazardous energy control program; exposing employees to falls from an uncovered floor hole; and failing to ensure employees wore protective gloves when handling corrosive cleaners.

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“The violations identified put employees at risk for serious or fatal injuries,” said OSHA Fort Lauderdale Area Director Condell Eastmond. “Employers must assess their workplace for potential safety and health hazards, and are encouraged to contact the local OSHA office for assistance with establishing and improving safety and health programs.”

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