OSHA Cites Food Manufacturer for Worker Health, Safety Violations

The agency proposed $761K in penalties.

Kristen Kazarian, Managing Editor

April 29, 2024

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OSHA proposes $761K fine for food manufacturer workplace violations
The food manufacturer has a history of hazardous workplace safety practices.Mufid Majnun / Unsplash

OSHA has again found Hanover Foods Corp., a large food manufacturer with a history of hazardous workplace safety practices, in violation of dozens of safety and health violations at its Centre Hall facility.

The producer of glass-pack, canned, frozen, refrigerated, freeze-dried, and snack foods under the Hanover brand as well as other private labels operates eight other manufacturing plants, including five in Pennsylvania and one each in Delaware, New Jersey, and Guatemala.

In October 2023, OSHA inspectors opened an investigation at the Centre Hall plant in response to a complaint alleging hazards involving the company's handling of highly hazardous chemicals, included in Hanover's Process Safety Management program.

OSHA cited the company for 70 violations, including nine repeat, 51 serious, and 11 other-than-serious violations. The infractions related to numerous Process Safety Management failures, such as lack of training; not correcting equipment deficiencies; failing to document that equipment complied with recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices and to establish an emergency plan for the entire plant.

The agency has assessed Hanover Foods Corp. with $761,876 in penalties. OSHA cited the company for similar violations at its Clayton, DE, facility in 2019 and 2021.

“Hanover Foods Corp. put its employees at risk of serious safety and health hazards by not complying with federal and industry-recognized safety standards at another of its facilities,” said OSHA Area Director Kevin T. Chambers in Harrisburg, PA. “We will use all of our resources to hold employers accountable when they neglect their legal duty to protect their workers from harm."

About the Author(s)

Kristen Kazarian

Managing Editor

Kristen Kazarian has been a writer and editor for more than three decades. She has worked at several consumer magazines and B2B publications in the fields of food and beverage, packaging, processing, women's interest, local news, health and nutrition, fashion and beauty, automotive, and computers.

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