Wisconsin Canning Facility Fined After Forklift Causes Serious Injuries to Seasonal Employee

March 29, 2021
OSHA is proposing $177,490 in penalties to Seneca Foods Corp. for safety violations related to forklift training and machine safety procedures.

Seneca Foods, a provider of packaged fruits and vegetables, is being cited for an accident that left a 60-year old seasonal employee seriously injured at the company's Ripon, WI facility.  According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the woman had been walking toward a pallet to label products for shipping. 

A subsequent investigation led OSHA to propose $177,490 in penalties to Seneca Foods Corp. for two repeat and three serious safety violations involving forklift training and machine safety procedures at the canning facility. 

During a November 2020 inspection, OSHA discovered another employee had suffered a fractured finger when it was caught in machinery that the company failed to lockout. OSHA cited Seneca Foods for similar violations in 2019 at its Gillett facility.

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