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Region 10 News Release: 11-301-SEA (11-60)
March 28, 2011
Contact: Jeannine Lupton
US Department of Labor's OSHA cites CTI-SSI Food Services
of Wilder, Idaho, for safety violations; fines total $132,000
SEATTLE – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited CTI-SSI Food Services LLC of Wilder, Idaho, with 15 serious, one repeat and one other-than-serious violation after an inspection of its facility identified a potential release of anhydrous ammonia and other workplace hazards. Proposed penalties total $132,000.
OSHA's area office in Boise began an investigation last year as part of a national emphasis program on chemical facilities.
"This employer disregarded industry-recognized hazards and exposed workers to the threat of serious injury or death associated with the potential release of anhydrous ammonia," said Dean Ikeda, OSHA's regional administrator in Seattle. "Additionally, OSHA identified serious electrical, lockout/tagout and fall hazards."
The serious violations involve inadequate process safety management, failing to provide fall protection and failing to provide electrical guarding protection. In addition, the employer did not require use of locking devices to make equipment safe during maintenance procedures. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
A repeat citation was issued due to the lack of an employee alarm system that was audible or recognizable over other workplace noise. The company was cited for the same violation on March 7, 2008. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the