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OSHA Fines Food Manufacturer $124K

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited a Louisiana food manufacturing company on April 8, 2016 for 25 serious and one other violation for exposing workers to hazardous chemicals, electrical dangers, and fall hazards. Proposed penalties total $124,000.

OSHA discovered the violations after an inspection of the Madisonville facility operated by Diversified Foods and Seasonings LLC. The agency inspected the plant after an evacuation of the facility sent workers to the hospital as a precaution on Oct. 16, 2015.

"Worker safety and health must be an absolute priority for every employer," said Jason D. Coffey, OSHA's acting area director in Baton Rouge. "No worker should go to work not knowing which of the many hazards may injure them on any given day. That is simply unacceptable."

The Diversified Foods and Seasonings citations include multiple violations of OSHA's process safety management regulations; exposing workers to hazardous chemicals, respiratory protection, electrical hazards, and the failure to provide fall protection to employees.

Headquartered in Mandeville, Diversified Food and Seasonings has three manufacturing facilities in Theodore, Madisonville, and in Nebraska in Nebraska City. The company has about 270 employees, with 60 workers in Madisonville. The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the citations and penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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