American Crystal Sugar Faces Allegations of Improper Safety

The beet sugar company looks at tens of thousands of dollars in fines after employees were burned in separate incidents.

After a handful of accidents at the beet sugar company American Crystal Sugar, state inspectors have cited itwith 30 safety regulation violations. The violations occurred at the East Grand Forks, Minn., plant, according to an article from the Star Tribune.

After three employees faced serious burns, state inspectors decided to investigate the facility. Their inspection cited various violations, including issues with stairs and machines, management of hazardous chemicals, emergency response to hazardous waste, and more.

In March, the facility was cited for having improper guards over wall openings as a result of two employees being injured when they fell into an uncovered sump pump and received serious burns. The company was given a $7,000 fine, which it paid in full. The third burn occurred in February when a worker was burned by a hot liquid. The company faced over $20,000 in fines then.

Contesting OSHA's allegations, the company could face up to $60,000 in fines. 

Product Showcase

  • SlateSafety BAND V2

    SlateSafety BAND V2

    SlateSafety's BAND V2 is the most rugged, easy-to-use connected safety wearable to help keep your workforce safe and help prevent heat stress. Worn on the upper arm, this smart PPE device works in tandem with the SlateSafety V2 system and the optional BEACON V2 environmental monitor. It includes comprehensive, enterprise-grade software that provides configurable alert thresholds, real-time alerts, data, and insights into your safety program's performance all while ensuring your data is secure and protected. Try it free for 30 days. 3

Featured

Webinars