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.