Olé Mexican Foods fined $150K by OSHA

12:45 PM, Dec 16, 2013   |    comments
(AP)
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NORCROSS, Ga. -- A metro Atlanta tortilla manufacturer has been fined $150,040 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 19 worker safety violations.

Olé Mexican Foods was cited for two repeat, 14 serious and three other-than-serious violations. The Norcross-based company has 15 business days to pay the fine, request a meeting with OSHA or contest the findings.

"This employer received citations for the same hazards earlier and did not correct them," William Fulcher, director of OSHA's Atlanta-East Area Office, said in a statement. "Additionally, amputation and caught-in hazards remained, posing a risk of serious injury or even death for their workers. These hazards must be eliminated immediately from the workplace."

The two repeat violations include exposing workers to amputation hazards and failing to explain certain procedures to employees, according to OSHA.

Olé Mexican Foods was also charged with failing to cover drainage troughs and guarded platforms; not providing eyewash stations for workers; and failing to properly store supplies, among other violations.

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