Food flavoring manufacturer Kerry Inc. faces $223,525 in penalties after being cited for nine safety violations involved with a death at the company's Greenville, MO facility this past spring.
In an Oct. 3 news release, OSHA stated it has cited Kerry for failing to provide fall protection to employees at the plant, and the fines cover one willful and eight serious safety violations.
According to OSHA, an employee fatally fell while trying to extinguish a fire at the plant. After an April 2019 inspection, OSHA determined that the company failed to designate, train and educate a fire brigade properly on how to respond to such emergencies; evaluate hazards to determine the need for personal protective equipment; provide approved self-contained breathing apparatus; complete required safety data sheets; and repair damaged parts.
OSHA said it has placed the company in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.
"This preventable tragedy should remind all employers of their obligation to evaluate their training programs and safety procedures continually, and to provide refresher training to ensure that workers are prepared for potential emergencies,” said OSHA St. Louis Area Director Bill McDonald.
Kerry Inc. has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.