Texas Canned Food Company Faces $194K in OSHA Penalties

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Bruce Foods Corp. – a Mexican food manufacturer based in El Paso, Texas – after an employee suffered an amputation. The company now faces $194,350 in fines.

OSHA cited the company for 24 serious safety violations including failing to train employees in lockout/tagout procedures, inadequate machine guarding, lack of fall protection, and exposing employees to live electrical parts.

“Moving machine parts can cause severe injuries when they are not properly guarded and safety procedures are not in place,” OSHA El Paso Area Director Diego Alvarado Jr. said in the agency’s Feb. 27 announcement. “This injury could have been prevented with employee training and proper machine guarding.”

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Source: OSHA

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