OSHA Fines Pinnacle Foods
The federal government's safety agency recently punished a New Jersey-based food company after violations occurred at its Arkansas facility.
Mountain Lakes-based Pinnacle Foods was fined $156,700 by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration after more than two dozen fines were discovered, including exposing workers to risks of ammonia inhalation. The investigation took place under the agency's National Emphasis Program for Chemicals and revealed that the firm had failed to give personal protective equipment to guard against inhaling ammonia, failed to follow lockout/tagout procedures and several other issues.
The local OSHA leadership said the violations had been serious and needed to be corrected.
"This company has seriously jeopardized the safety and health of its employees," said Carlos Reynolds, OSHA's area director in Little Rock. "Following OSHA's standards can prevent serious injuries and illnesses on the job, and employers are responsible for compliance."
Other firms have been fined in recent weeks for chemical hazards. In May, OSHA fined Georgia-based Rich Products $80,385 when it discovered 20 violations at its worksites.
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