April, 2016 An October investigation of a Texas food-processing company may result in a penalty in excess of $50,000.
The company was cited for 12 serious safety violations by federal regulators with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) after an employee had a hand amputated while working on a machine.
According to investigators, the company failed to provide a “safe working environment for its employees.”
Included in the citation are violations that include not having emergency stops on the equipment, no lockout/tagout program or procedures and allowing employees to operate machines which were not equipped with the proper machine guards.
Despite the company commendable record for worldwide humanitarian efforts, OSHA said it is the company’s responsibility to provide for the safety and health of its employees. The company promotes itself as feeding hungry people in more than 65 countries, including the United States. The Texas location of the food processor employs 57 people.