Chocolate plant shows bad taste with poor safety practices
OSHA proposed penalties of $62,450 for 27 alleged serious violations, two alleged repeat violations and three alleged other-than-serious violations of standards. Among the alleged serious violations was failure to provide adequate machine guarding for such equipment as rotating horizontal shafts, belts and pulleys.
The plant was also cited for failing to properly label chemical containers and failing to post warning notices on hazardous confined spaces. Both were alleged repeat violations. The employer was previously cited for similar conditions at the plant in March 2000.
OSHA also issued citations for failing to determine safe floor loads on an upper floor, failing to maintain fire alarms, and unsafe stacking of pallets and other materials. The three alleged violations were classified as other-than-serious.