OSHA has cited a Nebraska egg processing facility for multiple safety violations after an employee suffered fatal injuries when he was struck by a dock leveler - a device used to allow a forklift to travel between a loading dock and a trailer.

Wakefield-based Michael Foods Inc. faces $188,464 in proposed penalties after OSHA investigators determined that the employer failed to properly brace the dock leveler during the maintenance procedures, causing it to fall onto an employee who was assisting in maintenance on the device.

OSHA cited Michael Foods Inc. for exposing employees to hazards associated with failing to properly brace equipment during servicing and maintaining; failing to develop written and effective training and procedures for lockout/tagout; and failing to conduct periodic reviews of the company’s lockout/tagout safety procedures. It also found violations relating to electrical and arc flash hazards.

“Employers are required to train workers on safety practices, and use appropriate hazard controls to ensure their safety,” said Jeff Funke, OSHA’s Omaha Area Office Director. “Proper safety controls and training can prevent fatalities like this from occurring.”