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Delta Oil Mill is facing $83,415 in fines for 25 safety and health violations following an inspection at the company’s facility in Greenwood, MS, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA initiated its inspection in May after receiving a complaint when an employee sustained a back injury as a result of falling through a floor opening and landing on a powered industrial truck.

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Delta Oil Mill is a manufacturer of cottonseed oil, cottonseed meal, cottonseed hulls, linters, cottonseed meal fertilizer and whole cottonseed.

Twenty-two serious safety and health violations include failing to guard wall openings, opened-sided platforms and floor holes without a cover or standard railings; keep floors clean and dry of water and cotton lint; provide specific procedures for controlling hazardous energy; document certification of periodic inspections of the energy control procedures; train employees on the company’s lockout/tagout program; provide training on electrical safety work practices; implement written electrical safety work practice procedures; post signage and safety symbols to warn employees of electrical hazards; provide employees confined space training before entering a railcar; inform workers of the hazards they face before entering a railcar and poor housekeeping. Other violations involve allowing employees to use a forklift inappropriately to elevate workers; entering a railcar without a retrieval line attached to the body harness; blocking access to electrical boxes and several instances of unguarded equipment. 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.

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Three other-than-serious violations were for not having the OSHA 300-A form certified by a company executive, failing to ensure workers were wearing hearing protection and the steps on stairway were bent causing the rise height not be uniform on the stairway in the old prep room. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.

“Our inspection found serious hazards that reflect management’s neglect of maintenance and safety procedures,” said Clyde Payne, OSHA’s area director in Jackson, MS. “It is imperative that the employer immediately eliminate these hazards from the workplace to avoid another employee being seriously injured.”

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