Schwan’s Global Supply Chain Inc., the Atlanta branch of a Minnesota-based food production company, has received 32 health and safety violations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) describes the citations for the company as “serious safety and health violations.” The Atlanta facility employs nearly 500 workers and produces dough, cookies and pie crusts.
Two other companies providing maintenance and staffing services for Schwan’s were cited for 18 safety and health violations. Federal regulators have recommended the company pay $185,700 in fines. They said the inspection of the facility in September of 2013 came as the result of a worker complaint. The employers failed to provide adequate training for employees to work safely with ammonia, according to OSHA. Other citations involved machines and protective equipment deemed unsafe; training issues; blocked and mismarked exits in hazardous areas; and other problems. A separate set of fines has been recommended for the contracting agencies.
The companies involved had 15 business days after being notified of the violations to either bring the facilities into compliance, request a conference with an OSHA area director or contest the finding before the OSHA Review Commission.
Source: Claims Journal
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