A national food producer faces $222,779 in proposed fines after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said a failure in workplace safety procedures led to the partial amputation of a seasonal worker’s finger at a Wisconsin cannery.
OSHA on Tuesday announced lawsuits against Walnut Creek, Calif.-based Del Monte Foods Inc. for two repeated and six serious safety violations of machinery safety and fall protection standards.
The citations stem from an incident at the company’s Plover, Wis., cannery in which a 20-year-old worker suffered a partial finger amputation after attempting to dislodge an unattended palletizing machine.
An exact date of the injury was not provided by OSHA.
OSHA said the company̵7;s lack of machine guarding and safety procedures exposed employees to machine hazards.
Inspectors said workers were not properly trained to recognize or safely control dangerous energy sources during the shutdown process.
OSHA also accused the company of failing to install handrails and anti-slip guards that help prevent workers from falling on ladders and stairs.
Del Monte Foods, one of the nation’s largest grocers, has 15 days to contest the citation.