February 19, 2020

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OSHA Fines Cookie Manufacturer $221K for Safety Hazards

Premium cookie manufacturer Nonni’s Foods LLC received several citations and a proposed fine of $221,257 from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after an agency investigation at the firm’s facility in Ferndale, NY revealed falls and other hazards. 

The agency initiated an investigation on Aug. 22, 2019 after a worker was injured in a fall on August 9. OSHA learned that the employer told workers to retrieved stored material by standing on a forklift’s forks elevated over the top of a break room. The storage area did not have guardrails to prevent falls. 

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OSHA also determined that Nonni’s Foods did not re-train operators on the appropriate use of a forklift and failed to report the worker’s injury to the agency within a 24-hour period. Investigators also found two rotating bearings on a conveyor did not have guarding to prevent caught-by injuries. 

“Employers must provide training and utilize appropriate equipment and work practices to protect workers from falls and amputations,” OSHA Albany Area Directory Amy B. Phillips said in a startement. 

The company has 15 business days after receiving the citations to comply, challenges OSHA’s findings before an independent board, or request an informal conference with an OSHA area director.

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