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Region 2 News Release: 12-837-NEW (osha 12-050)
May 10, 2012
Contact: Leni Fortson      Joanna Hawkins
Phone: 215-861-5102      215-861-5101
Email: uddyback-fortson.lenore@dol.gov      hawkins.joanna@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites Wisconsin-based food and beverage
manufacturer for repeat safety hazards at Flemington, NJ, facility

FLEMINGTON, N.J. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Kerry Ingredients & Flavours Inc., headquartered in Beloit, Wis., for three repeat violations at its Flemington facility. Proposed penalties total $50,000 following an inspection conducted under OSHA's Site-Specific Targeting Program for industries with high injury and illness rates.

"Not using proper safeguards leaves workers at risk of serious injury," said Patricia Jones, director of OSHA's Avenel Area Office. "Employers have a legal responsibility to ensure a safe and healthful workplace."

The violations involve amputation and laceration hazards due to a lack of lockout procedures for the energy sources of specific equipment, and the improper adjustment of bench rests and guards on a bench grinder. Similar violations were cited at the company's Chicago facility in May and October 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 last five years.

"Employers can take proactive steps alongside workers to identify and eliminate hazardous conditions by establishing an injury and illness prevention program," said Robert Kulick, OSHA's regional administrator in New York.

Kerry Ingredients & Flavours Inc. manufactures cere