Dairy producer cited for failing to protect workers against burn injuries

Dairy producer cited for failing to protect workers against burn injuries Photo: jmesquitaau, Pixabay

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a dairy producer in Waterloo, New York for its ongoing failure to protect employees against burns at its facility. The company is facing a total of $143,954 in proposed penalties for uncorrected and new hazards.

The facility was inspected in September 2017 after it failed  to inform the department on how it corrected violations identified during a January 2017 inspection that was initiated after workers suffered serious burns from heated milk in excess of 150 degrees.

OSHA issued citations for failing to provide adequate personal protective equipment, and not recording injuries in the OSHA 300 log.

“Workplace injuries are preventable if employers provide appropriate safety equipment and required training,” said Christopher Adams, OSHA Syracuse Area Office Director. “Despite being cited three times in the past 14 months for similar hazards, this employer disregarded safety requirements and their employees were severely burned.”

The company has been given 15 days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s are a director, or contest the findings before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.