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Workers exposed to $67,000 of OSHA violations to make airline rolls and hospital bagels

You don’t expect employees to face undue shock and explosion hazards for the sake of airline bagels or hospital rolls. Or, at least, that’s the implication in the $67,261 of proposed OSHA fines for the appropriately-named Bakery Corporation in Miami Gardens.

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found 15 “serious” violations against the bakery, which makes bagels, danish, muffins and various other bread products for commercial clients.

When the company was phoned by the Miami Herald, a woman who answered the phone said there would be no comment at this time.

Among the violations found on inspections done from March 2 through June 1:

”Employees were exposed to a chemical hazard while working with corrosive materials used for sanitation purposes without having an eyewash.”

“Employees were exposed to, struck by and caught by hazards while operating a powered industrial truck ... without being trained and evaluated.”

“A Shop-Vac (Ryobi) was used to collect combustible dust (flour and/or flour mixture) in a Class 2, Division II location, exposing employees to fire and explosion hazards.”

Also, the company didn’t replace ladders with bent steps and supporting brackets. The safety devices on five ovens hadn’t been inspected in a timely manner. Three portable fans lacked a “continuous path to ground, exposing employees to electrical hazards.”

OSHA inspectors also saw a number of “caught by” hazards on conveyor equipment without proper guards. Also, employees were left ignorant of chemical hazards and safety data sheets, and that there was a hazard communication program and other general safety knowledge.

OSHA Fort Lauderdale Area Office Director Condell Eastmond said in a release: “This employer’s disregard for safety and health standards is putting employees at risk for serious injuries.”

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