OSHA cites Koch Foods for multiple hazards, faces over $200k in penalties

OSHA cites Koch Foods for multiple hazards, faces over $200k in penalties

(WTVM) - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Koch Foods, for multiple safety and health violations at its processing plant.

The company, located in Gainesville, Ga, faces proposed penalties of $208,977.

OSHA has cited Koch with a repeat violation for exposing their employees to potential amputation hazards by failing to provide machine guarding. Fourteen citations were issued for failing to provide fall protection, not identifying which employees were using hazardous energy control locks, and failing to train employees exposed to noise hazards.

This inspection was part of OSHA's Regional Emphasis Program for Poultry Processing Facilities.

"This company failed to protect its employees from serious hazards by disregarding important workplace safety requirements," said OSHA Area Office Director William Fulcher. "Employers must identify and correct hazards to ensure the safety and health of their employees."

Koch has 15 business days to comply, request an informal conference with Fulcher, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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