April 1, 2016

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OSHA Fines Purina Feed Mill $40K

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Wichita Area Office cited Land O Lakes Purina Feed LLC for three serious, one repeat serious, and one repeat other than serious violations. The citations are the result of an October 2015 OSHA investigation at Purina Animal Nutrition, Wichita, KS. The citations were issued March 31, 2016. Proposed penalties are $40,200.

The inspection found:

•    Workers exposed to fall hazards 6-10 ft from ladderway floor openings and platforms lacking guardrails
•    Employees exposed to grain dust explosion hazards. The employer failed to implement housekeeping procedures to prevent grain dust accumulation in priority and non-priority areas. In some areas, more than 5 in. of dust had accumulated.
•    Workers exposed to dangerous sudden machine starts as the company failed to inspect and test energy control procedures annually as required

"Falls are one of the leading causes of death in the workplace," said Judy Freeman, OSHA's area director in Wichita. "To help employers, OSHA offers a Stop Falls online resource with detailed information in English and Spanish on fall protection as well as other safety standards."

Purina Animal Nutrition LLC is a subsidiary of Land O'Lakes, headquartered in Minneapolis, MN. Land O Lakes Purina Feed LCC is based in Gray Summit, MO.

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