NORFOLK, Neb. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Henningsen Foods Inc. with seven alleged safety violations, including one repeat, after two workers received multiple burns while performing maintenance on gas vaporizers at its Norfolk facility in October 2012. The inspection was expanded under OSHA’s Site Specific Targeting Program for industries with high injury and illness rates. Proposed fines total $45,000.
“Companies, such as Henningsen Foods, have a responsibility to ensure their workers are properly trained to use equipment safely that is necessary to perform their jobs,” said Bonita Winingham, OSHA’s area director in Omaha. “When companies demonstrate a higher than average rate of injury and illness, they need to review and improve their safety and health programs, while also training their workers.”
One repeat violation was cited for failing to conduct powered industrial truck recertifications every three years. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. A similar violation was cited in October 2008.