The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Duffy Grain Inc. for eight safety and health violations, including two willful violation and six serious violation. They come in response to an inspection of a worksite in Columbus, WI in September of 2015. This inspection was initiated as part of the Grain Handling Industry Local Emphasis Program after a complaint was filed alleging unsafe working conditions. The citations are for violations relating to moving grain hazards inside bins, augers running when employees entered bins, inadequate machine guarding, a lack of confined space entry permit guidelines, respiratory hazards, personal protective equipment, and air quality hazards. These violations carry proposed penalties of $122,500.
"Sending workers into a grain bin with the auger moving is extremely dangerous," said Ann Grevenkamp, OSHA's area director in Madison. "Duffy Grain knows the precautions that needed to be taken to protect its workers, but failed in their responsibility to follow them. Someone's life and well-being should never be the cost of doing business."
As you can see from this example, OSHA will always follow up on a complaint, especially if the company in question falls into one of their Local Emphasis Program target areas. So if you own a business in a target industry, it is imperative you review your occupational safety and health policies and procedures to ensure you are in compliance should your facility undergo an audit. If you are uncertain whether or not you are in compliance, you need to contact a third party occupational safety and health auditing firm to help you ensure you are compliant.
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