McComb, OH – “America’s Bakery,” Hearthside Food Solutions, is facing $52,500 in proposed federal fines after a McComb (OH) factory employee lost part of a finger due to neglect of Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) procedures.
OSHA found that a lack of adequate safeguards on a dough-cutting machine cost a 55-year-old worker part of his right middle finger while he was unjamming the machine. Safeguards that protect workers maintaining machinery are known in the industry as lockout/tagout procedures.
Hearthside Food Solutions was cited for a similar violation in 2010, and twice this year for failing to turn off the machine during maintenance and for not training employees on safety procedures to prevent exposure to moving parts, according to OSHA.
Hearthside bills themselves as the “food industry’s largest contract manufacturer of baked goods and bars.” They make cookies and crackers for Nabisco, Kellogg’s and General Mills. Based in Downers Grove, Illinois, Hearthside Food Solutions has 23 facilities in North America and Europe. The company employs about 6,000 workers, nearly 1,800 of them at the McComb plant.
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