Bakery Cited By OSHA After Employee Injures Arm in Conveyor Belt
Wegmans Food Market faces $140K in fines
A worker had her hand caught between the belt and roller in a conveyor belt at Wegmans Food Market Inc.’s commercial bakery, resulting in a broken hand and arm.
OSHA then inspected the bakery, finding that the company routinely allowed employees to clean the machine without turning it off and locking out the power source.
“These hazards and the injury that resulted were preventable. They also reflect an unfortunate and needless pattern. OSHA has repeatedly cited the bakery for similar lockout and training hazards over the past five years, including incidents in 2015 in which one employee sustained a finger injury and another suffered a first-degree burn,” said Michael Scime, OSHA’s area director in Buffalo. “Wegmans must take effective and ongoing action to ensure that its bakery employees are properly trained and safeguarded so that incidents and injuries such as these do not happen again.”
Wegmans has been cited for two repeat violations as a result of this inspection.