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OSHA Fines MA-Based Company For Violations In WI

OSHA fined a Massachusetts-based company more than $230,000 for 27 alleged health and safety violations in Wisconsin.

Richelieu Foods Inc., which employs just more than 400 workers at its Beaver Dam pizza-making facility. The company has also been placed in OSHA’s severe violator enforcement program.

“Companies with a higher than average rate of injury and illness for their industry have a responsibility to review their health and safety programs and address worker training needs to reduce proactively the hazards and risks posed,” said Kim Stille, OSHA’s area director in Madison. “OSHA is committed to protecting the safety and health of workers on the job.”

The same location was cited for similar safety violations in 2009. According to the OSHA press release, the company was cited for two repeat violations. One was conducting periodic inspections of energy control procedures and providing required information on written energy control procedures.

The company received 24 serious safety and health violations for several violations including failing to guard machines, monitor noise exposure levels, train workers on emergency response and hazardous energy.

The company has 15 days from receiving the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference or contest the findings.

If you or your loved one has been seriously injured in any type of work-related accident, it is important to discuss your situation with an experienced Wisconsin workers’ compensation attorney. Call today for a free, initial consultation.


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