Pet Food Company Fined More than $750,000 for Exposing Workers to Combustible Dust and Other Hazards

Posted by BCTGM - November 2, 2011 - Health & Safety - No Comments
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OSHA fined All-Feed Processing & Packaging Inc. $758,450 and cited the company for 23 safety and health violations at its pet food production and packaging facility in Galva, Ill. OSHA cited All-Feed for willful violations of OSHA’s air contaminant, respiratory protection and hearing conservation standards. The company’s failure to provide appropriate fire and explosion protection in locations where concentrations of combustible dust existed was cited under OSHA’s “general duty” clause, which requires employers to provide workplaces “free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to [their] employees.”

OSHA issued willful citations after All-Feed required employees to work in areas where they were exposed to total dust in excess of permissible limits, and failed to protect multiple dust collection units from fire and explosion hazards. Other willful citations were issued to the company for failing to administer a continuing and effective hearing conservation program for employees exposed to excessive noise; and allowing the use of liquid propane-powered industrial trucks in atmospheres where combustible dust may be ignited. See the news release for more information. (Source: OSHA)