Mountain Lakes, NJ-based Pinnacle Foods Group LLC is facing $156,700 in fines for 27 serious safety and health violations at the company’s Fayetteville, AR, facility, including exposing employees to inhaling ammonia, said Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials.
“This company has seriously jeopardized the safety and health of its employees,” said Carlos Reynolds, OSHA’s area director in Little Rock. “Following OSHA’s standards can prevent serious injuries and illnesses on the job, and employers are responsible for compliance.”
OSHA’s Little Rock Area Office initiated an inspection on Dec. 12, under the agency’s National Emphasis Program for Chemicals. Investigators found Pinnacle Foods Group failed to follow OSHA’s process safety management regulations at the company’s Fayetteville facility, where about 500 employees process fresh and frozen seafood.
The violations involve failing to adhere to process safety management standards, ensure the company follows lockout/tagout procedures, provide appropriate personal protective equipment to prevent skin contact with and inhalation of ammonia, ensure emergency exits remain unlocked, repair or maintain defective electrical equipment, and adhere to OSHA’s Emergency Response Standard.
Pinnacle Foods Group employs 4,300 workers nationwide.