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  • Writer's pictureJohn Larrimer

OSHA Cites Food Manufacturer Following Worker Fatality

A worker at a food processing plant in Massachusetts was killed in a fatal workplace accident last year, according to sources. Daniel Collazo Torres was crushed on December 16, 2011 while cleaning a machine used to manufacture hummus. Officials from the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspected the Tribe Mediterranean Foods, Inc. facility in Boston and cited nearly 20 safety violations. Violations included a failure to conduct inspections, a repeat violation for this company. OSHA placed Tribe Mediterranean Foods on its Severe Violator Enforcement Program, meaning it will be subject to frequent unannounced inspections in the future. Proposed fines total more than $700,000.

“The employer knew it needed to train these workers so they could protect themselves against just this type of hazard but failed to do so,” says OSHA Assistant Secretary of Labor David Michaels. “In this case, Tribe Mediterranean Foods’ knowledge and continuous disregard for an obvious and deadly hazard was so pronounced that we are issuing seven willful citations for lack of training, one for each untrained worker exposed to the hazard.”

Mediterranean Foods’ failure to follow safety standards resulted in the death of a worker. If you or a loved one have suffered an injury on the job, contact an attorney to ensure you recover damages you are owed.

Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC—Columbus workers comp attorney.

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