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Monday, August 20, 2012

Summary Of Major OSHA Citations - Cited Company Closes

A summary of major OSHA citations announced during the week ending August 18th.

The following is based on press releases from OSHA.

OSHA cites closed Birdsboro, PA, company for safety and health hazards ($140,000)

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OSHA has cited MVP Kosher Foods LLC for 21 safety and health – including two repeat – violations at its Birdsboro facility. OSHA has proposed $140,000 in penalties following a February inspection initiated in response to a complaint alleging the hazards.

The repeat violations, which carry $65,000 in penalties, include failing to provide the proper guards for a ladder way and platforms. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. The company was cited for this same violation in 2010.

Earlier this year MVP Kosher Foods had acquired this plant from Mehadrin Kosher Poulty LLC, which had gone out of business. The Reading Eagle is now reporting that  MVP Kosher Foods closed last month.  Read the article here.

Fifteen serious violations against MVP Kosher Foods, with $74,000 in penalties, include:
  • Failing to provide fixed stairs where required
  • Failure to properly support gas cylinders
  • Failure to develop lockout/tagout procedures and training to prevent the inadvertent start up of a machine
  • Failure to guard machines
  • Not protecting workers from energized conductors
  • Failure to use flexible cords for proper purposes
  • Not preventing employees from working on live electrical parts
  • Not providing personal protective equipment for employees working on energized equipment
  • Failure to maintain a written hazard communication program and train workers on hazard communications
  • Not providing a hearing conservation program
Also cited are four other-than-serious violations, with $1,000 in penalties, for failing to:
  • Complete and post an OSHA 300 form on injuries and illnesses
  • Conduct a hazard assessment
  • Use equipment in accordance with listing and labeling
  • Effectively close openings through which conductors enter boxes
An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.

The citations can be viewed at: http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/MVPKosherFoodsCitations_315887638_315888503_08072012.pdf*.

MVP Kosher Foods LLC, has 15 days from receipt of the citations to comply, ask for an informal conference with OSHA's area director or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Related Past Posts:
Summary Of Major OSHA Citations - Parker Hannifin
Major OSHA Citations - Week Ending July 28th
Major OSHA Citations - Nebraska Prime Group

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