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    Blue Ribbon Foods Gets Poor Rating in OSHA Inspection

    Colorado Blue Ribbon Foods LLC has recent been cited with nearly 30 safety and health violations after officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conducted a follow-up investigation.  The follow-up inspection was conducted to make sure that the company had corrected the dangers that they were cited for from an even earlier inspection.  The new 28 violations come with proposed fines of more than $116,000.

    The company was slapped with 7 repeat violations, 18 serious violations and 3 other-than-serious violations.

    Our Boulder workers’ compensation lawyers understand that employers of all kinds have a responsibility to make sure that employees are protected on the job.  Employers are required to make sure that dangers are minimized on each and every work site and that workers are provided with the proper safety gear that’s required to help ensure that the job is done safely.

    Ribbon Foods was handed repeat violations for:

    -Neglecting to provide workers with the proper respiratory protection.

    -For being short on materials.

    -For failing to properly guard machines.

    A company is handed a repeat violation when they are noted with the same violation that they were already cited for at least once in the last five years.  The company was cited for these violations during a 2010 inspection.

    Ribbon Foods was handed serious violations for:

    -Failing to complete preventative maintenance on the anhydrous ammonia system.

    -Not having the proper procedures in place for de-energizing the equipment before performing cleaning and maintenance duties.

    -For not providing workers with the proper protective equipment.

    -For not keeping records of electrical hazards.

    Ribbon Foods was handed other-than-serious violations for:

    -Not correctly keeping OSHA logs for illnesses and injuries.

    -Failing to inspect the site’s fire extinguishers.

    “The company is well aware of this agency’s requirements for the industry,” said David Nelson, OSHA’s area director.

    In every single industry, work hazards can be found.  Spotting and correcting these hazards is the key to a safe workplace.  Workers and employers are urged to work together and to keep open communication with one another to help keep everyone on the job safe and injury-free.  If you see a hazard on the job before an employer might, don’t be afraid to speak up!

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