Category: Equipment and Machinery Safety

Bakery Facing $253K OSHA Lockout/Tagout Fine

Pan-O-Gold Baking Company, a Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, commercial baking facility, faces $262,953 in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines for two repeat, six serious, and two other-than-serious violations, the agency announced May 6. OSHA investigators cited Pan-O-Gold’s failures to train employees in lockout/tagout energy control procedures, provide adequate machine guarding, require the use of […]

Ohio Manufacturer Facing $314K OSHA Fine

Faurecia Emissions Control Systems NA LLC, a Franklin, Ohio, automotive components supplier, faces $314,555 in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines after a 26-year-old employee was fatally crushed, the agency announced April 16. The employer exposed machine operators to struck-by and caught-between hazards, according to OSHA. Investigators determined that the employer failed to include […]

Trader Joe’s Faces $217K OSHA Fine

Grocery store Trader Joe’s is facing a $216,902 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fine for safety violations at its Greenwood Village, Colorado, location, the agency announced April 10. OSHA cited Trader Joe’s for a lack of adequate safety training for forklift operators and failing to inspect forklifts at the Greenwood Village facility. The chain […]

Ohio Manufacturer Cited Again in 8th OSHA Investigation

HBD Thermoid Inc., an Ohio industrial hose manufacturer, faces $321,489 in new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) penalties, the agency announced March 26. Following OSHA’s eighth investigation into HBD Thermoid since 2013, the agency cited the employer with 14 new violations at its Bellefontaine, Ohio, manufacturing facility—one willful, 11 serious, and two other-than-serious. Safety […]

New York Contractor Stops Contesting Fall Violations

A New York roofing contractor stopped contesting egregious willful and other citations, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced March 21. The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission affirmed OSHA’s citations of ALJ Home Improvement, including three per-instance egregious willful fall protection violations, a willful unsafe ladder violation, and four serious violations, as well as […]

New Jersey Food Manufacturer Facing $463K OSHA Fine

Aunt Kitty’s Food Inc., a Vineland, New Jersey, subsidiary of Hanover Foods Corp., is facing $463,224 in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines for one willful, two repeat, and four serious violations, the agency announced March 12. Aunt Kitty’s Food allowed workers to service and clean equipment without having procedures in place to stop […]

Forklift Fatality at Boston’s Logan Airport Nets Serious Citations

Rochester, New York, maintenance firm Oxford Airport Technical Services faces $46,096 in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines following the fatal injury of a forklift operator at Boston’s Logan International Airport, the agency announced March 11. According to OSHA, the August 29, 2023, fatality could have been prevented if the employer had used proper […]

New Jersey Frozen Food Plant Facing $551K OSHA Fine

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has again cited Robbinsville, New Jersey, frozen food manufacturer CJ TMI Manufacturing America LLC after a worker suffered an amputation, the agency announced March 6. OSHA cited the employer with four willful, one repeat, and three serious violations and proposed penalties totaling $551,719. The agency has inspected CJ TMI […]

OSHA Cites Illinois, Ohio Manufacturers for Mechanical Hazards

Last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Illinois and Ohio manufacturers with lockout/tagout and machine guarding violations. Both employers are facing six-figure penalties. An Itasca, Illinois, custom manufacturer faces $298,453 in penalties for one willful and 13 serious violations—all involving required machine safety procedures—following the agency’s investigation under its National Emphasis Program […]