Joseph Campione Inc., a food distributor in Oak Creek, WI, is facing $85,800 in fines for ignoring safety requirements to protect workers from moving machine parts, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
OSHA’s action comes after a 30-year-old temporary employee required extensive surgery after suffering burns and lacerations of tendons and ligaments in her right hand after she used a cutting and sealing machine at the frozen bread manufacturer.
The agency issued one willful and four serious safety violations to the company on July 22, citing the company for failing to protect workers from machinery hazards.
“Thousands of workers are injured each year because manufacturers fail to recognize machine hazards. No worker’s shift should end with a hospital stay,” said Christine Zortman, OSHA’s area director in Milwaukee.
In its Jan. 27 inspection, OSHA found the company’s machinery lacked adequate guards. Additionally, procedures to prevent unexpected machine movement, such as using blocking and locking devices, were not in place.