June 2021 Enforcement

Importer exposed workers to amputation, struck-by, crushed-by hazards

Alabama

When employers disregard safety measures and fail to properly supervise employees, the risks of serious injuries or illnesses increases – this is exactly the scenario that OSHA inspectors discovered during an investigation at iSpice LLC, a global spice importer, processor and supplier based in Jackson, Alabama. OSHA found workers exposed to amputation, struck-by, crushed-by and electrical hazards. The company faces $121,511 in penalties.

OSHA determined that the employer allowed workers to clean mixing machines without using a lockout device that prevents the machines from starting unexpectedly during service and maintenance. iSpice also failed to implement energy control procedures, train workers on lockout/tagout practices and use machine guarding to keep employees protected from a rotating portion of the mixer.

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Chet Slump
Author: Chet Slump

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