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Region 8 News Release: 11-1689-DEN (11-273)
Dec. 8, 2011
Contact: Michael Shimizu
Phone: 206-553-7620
Email: shimizu.michael@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Colorado Blue Ribbon Foods
in Rocky Ford, Colo., for 28 violations; penalties total more than $116,000

DENVER – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited McKeefe Ventures, doing business as Colorado Blue Ribbon Foods LLC in Rocky Ford, for 28 alleged safety and health violations after conducting a follow-up inspection in June to verify that corrective actions had taken place from a previous inspection. Proposed fines total $116,160.

OSHA has cited the company for seven repeat, 18 serious and three other-than-serious violations. The repeat violations relate to hazards associated with respiratory protection, material storage, powered industrial trucks and machine guarding. 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 last five years. Similar violations were cited in 2010 at the same facility.

The serious violations include improper preventive maintenance of the anhydrous ammonia system, no lockout procedures for de-energizing equipment prior to performing maintenance activities, inadequate personal protective equipment, inadequate housekeeping and various electrical hazards. 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.

The other-than-serious violations include failing to properly maintain OSHA 300 logs for injuries and illnesses and to inspect fire extinguishers. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health,