OSHA Tosses Salad Maker $51,000 in Penalties for Repeat Violations

Two repeat violations with penalties of $30,000 involve to the company's failure to ensure workers were wearing safety glasses and ensure the proper level of compressed air was used for cleaning food particles.

OSHA has cited Missa Bay LLC for five safety violations at its Swedesboro, N.J., facility. Proposed penalties total $51,000 following OSHA's March 10 inspection.

"Each of these violations leaves employees at risk of serious injury and possible death," said Paula Dixon-Roderick, director of OSHA's Marlton Area Office. "It is vital that the company correct these violations immediately to protect the workers at this facility."

Two repeat violations with penalties of $30,000 involve to the company's failure to ensure workers were wearing safety glasses and ensure the proper level of compressed air was used for cleaning food particles. The employer was previously cited for these violations at the same location on Feb. 19, 2010.

Three serious violations with penalties of $21,000 involve electrical hazards, failing to perform monthly inspections of hoist chains and hooks, including signed reports, and failing to perform periodic crane inspections.

Missa Bay LLC, a food processing company that offers salads and fresh-cut fruits, employs 87 workers at the Swedesboro site.

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