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Region 7 News Release: 09-1089-KAN
Sept. 11, 2009
Contact: Jeremy Eggers   Rich Kulczewski
Phone: 303-844-1299   303-844-1302


U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA cites Americold Logistics LLC in Carthage, Mo., for alleged safety violations
$117,000 in fines proposed following comprehensive inspection

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Americold Logistics LLC in Carthage, Mo., for alleged safety and health violations and has proposed $117,000 in penalties.

OSHA cited the company following a targeted inspection conducted under its site-specific targeting program and found 19 alleged serious violations and one other-than-serious violation of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

"The workers at the company's underground, refrigerated warehouse and distribution facility were needlessly exposed to multiple episodes of life-threatening injury and chemical exposure due to improper procedures and malfunctioning equipment," said Charles Adkins, OSHA's regional administrator in Kansas City. "It is imperative that employers eliminate hazards and provide a safe and healthful working environment for their workers to prevent injuries and illnesses from occurring."

The serious violations relate to inadequate process safety management of highly hazardous chemicals, lack of emergency preparedness and response procedures, and poor respiratory protection for workers. Furthermore, violations were identified relating to permit-required confined spaces, lockout/tagout procedures to prevent accidental energy start-up, electrical equipment and safe work practices, and powered industrial truck operations. OSHA issues a serious citation when death or serious physical harm is likely to result from a hazard about which an employer knew or should have known.

The other-than-serious violation relates to inadequate employee access to personal sampling results.