The variety of hazards for which a Miami, Florida bakery was cited may be surprising to some, but it illustrates the range of dangers to which workers in a large commercial bakery operations may be exposed.

OSHA has cited Bakery Management Corp., doing business as Bakery Corp., for:

  • allowing employees to use improperly grounded portable fans
  • failing to train employees to operate a powered industrial truck
  • not taking defective ladders out of service and
  • failing to provide eyewash equipment for employees working with corrosive chemicals

These citations indicate that Bakery Corp. exposed employees to caught-in, fall, and electrical hazards. The company faces proposed penalties of $67,261.

"Employers must monitor work areas for the presence of hazards, and put effective controls in place to protect employees," said OSHA Fort Lauderdale Area Office Director Condell Eastmond. "This employer's disregard for safety and health standards is putting employees at risk for serious injuries."

Bakery Corp. has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed 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.