OSHA has cited Americold Logistics LLC, located in Carthage, Missouri, for safety and health violations and proposed $117,000 in penalties. The company was cited by OSHA following a targeted inspection conducted under its site-specific targeting program. OSHA found 19 alleged serious violations and one other-than-serious violation of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Charles Adkins, OSHA’s regional administrator in Kansas City, observed:
The workers at the company’s underground, refrigerated warehouse and distribution facility were needlessly exposed to multiple episodes of life-threatening injury and chemical exposure due to improper procedures and malfunctioning equipment.
The serious violations relate to inadequate process safety management of highly hazardous chemicals, lack of emergency preparedness and response procedures, and poor respiratory protection for workers. Violations also were identified relating to permit-required confined spaces, lockout/tagout procedures to prevent accidental energy start-up, electrical equipment and safe work practices, and powered industrial truck operations. The other-than-serious violation relates to inadequate employee access to personal sampling results.
Source: OSHA, http://www.osha.gov
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