OSHA cite American Foods Group for safety violations at Ohio plant

SHARONVILLE, Ohio – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited American Foods Group LLC with seven safety violations – including one repeat – at the company’s Sharonville meat processing facility following a Feb. 23 inspection conducted under OSHA’s National Emphasis Program on Amputations. Proposed penalties total $47,000.

The repeat violation is failing to conduct periodic and regular inspections of lockout procedures for the energy sources of equipment. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously was cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.

Similar violations were cited at the company’s Green Bay, Wis., facility in 2009.”Failing to ensure that energy sources are isolated and locked prior to initiating maintenance of machinery places workers at greater risk of amputations and other serious injuries,” said Bill Wilkerson, OSHA’s area director in Cincinnati. “OSHA is committed to protecting workers, especially when employers fail to do so.”

See the OHSA Press Release