Ohio Food Manufacturer Fined for Machine Safety Deficiencies

McComb, OH – Hearthside Food Solutions faces OSHA fines for several safety violations related to failure to protect workers from machinery operating parts. $47,000 in OSHA fines have been proposed in connection with an employee suffering severe scalp injuries and multiple cuts in July 2015. The McComb, OH facility produces cookies and crackers for nationally recognized brands.

Hearthside is being accused of several safety violations for failing to protect workers from machinery operating parts. A machine at the factory caught the hairnet of a worker cleaning product waste from the floor last July. She was hospitalized for four days.

OSHA is especially concerned because of similar accidents in the past. Last April, a Hearthside employee lost part of a finger trying to unjam a machine. Hearthside was fined for Lockout/Tagout and machine safety violations for that incident.

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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