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Monday, April 29, 2013

This Week's Significant OSHA Citations

The following is a summary of recent OSHA and state OSHA significant citations. These are citations that have proposed fines over $100,000 and that were announced during the week ending April 27th.

The following are based on a press releases from OSHA and other sources. Reports from states, such as California, Oregon and Wyoming, in which the state has responsibility for workplace safety enforcement are also included.

Candy Manufacturer Cited Following Ammonia Release ($133,000)

OSHA has cited New England Confectionery Company Inc., also known as Necco, for 19 alleged serious violations of workplace health and safety standards at its Revere production plant. The manufacturer of Necco Wafers, Clark Bars and other candies faces proposed penalties of $133,000 in connection with the release of 8,000 pounds of ammonia from the plant's refrigeration system on October 5, 2012.

Inspections identified several shortfalls in the plant's process safety management program under which the plant must proactively analyze, address and minimize potentially catastrophic hazards associated with the use of large amounts of ammonia in its refrigeration system. Specifically, Necco:
  • failed to develop safe operating procedures for the refrigeration system.
  • did not adequately inspect and have adequate preventive maintenance procedures for machinery, piping and storage vessels used in the refrigeration system.
  • did not update procedures and inform workers of changes to the refrigeration process, its equipment and management.
In addition, OSHA found that:
  • the plant did not have or implement an emergency response plan for employees who responded to the ammonia release.
  • workers were not trained to use fire extinguishers.
  • unsuitable motor was used in a hazardous area where combustible dust was present.
A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

New England Confectionery Company Inc. has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, meet with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The citations can be viewed at:


Detailed information of process safety management hazards and safeguards is available at: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/processsafetymanagement/index.html.

Related Past Posts:
OSHA Significant Citations - Week Ending April 20th
OSHA Significant Citations - Week Ending April 13th
OSHA Significant Citations - Week Ending April 6th

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Anonymous Munros Safety Apparel said...

What stood out the most to me was that the workers were not trained on how to use fire extinguishers. All employees should be trained on how to use a fire extinguisher whether they are working in a small local bakery, or a major manufacturing plant. Simple steps like these can make the difference between a small safety incident and a major accident.

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