The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced penalties Thursday against a McDonald’s franchise in Morristown, Tenn., after a 15-year-old employee was burned with hot oil while using a deep fryer.
While conducting a wage and hour investigation, OSHA discovered that Faris Enterprises of TN LLC, the operator of the McDonald’s restaurant, illegally allowed the teenager to cook French fries using a hot oil fryer without an automatic basket used to lower and raise the contents.
The teenager was burned while trying to manually remove fries from the device.
No date for the incident was given.
The company was awarded a civil penalty of $3,258 for the child labor violation.
OSHA said that since 2018 it has seen an “alarming increase” in federal child labor violations, including allowing minors to use equipment or perform work that puts them at risk of injury.
Meanwhile, a California lawn care company has been cited by OSHA for claims it allowed employees to use industrial lawn mowers without proper safety features while working on a U.S. Army base.
OSHA on Friday announced proposed penalties of $198,667 against Roseville, Calif.-based PRIDE Industries, which had been contracted to perform lawn maintenance work at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in September 2022.
The company “knowingly allowed” workers to use zero-turn mowers without belt guards installed, and it put employees at risk for crushing injuries or death in potential rollover situations by allowing workers to drive the mowers on steep slopes, OSHA said.
OSHA said the company’s actions also exposed workers to potential eye injuries and cuts.
The company has 15 days to contest the penalty.