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Boston Dumpling Manufacturer Cited for Worker Safety Violations for Second Time in a Year

July 25, 2023
Chinese Spaghetti Factory Inc. failed to resolve machine guarding issues from 2022 and also was cited for new hazards, says Department of Labor.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced it has cited and fined Chinese Spaghetti Factory Inc. — a Boston food processing plant — for not installing required safety guards on a dumpling machine’s rotating shafts. The company had been cited for the same issue in 2022 after an employee suffered serious injuries due to that hazard.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conducted a follow-up inspection in March 2023 to verify that Chinese Spaghetti Factory had corrected the unsafe conditions identified in 2022. OSHA proposed an additional $82,500 penalty for failing to correct the hazard and further found several new and recurring hazards, leading to citations and a proposed $108,031 in penalties for:

  • Willfully allowing the dumpling machine’s gears to remain unguarded with two employees working in close proximity to the hazard.
  • Exposing employees to electrical shock and injury risk from unguarded electrical components and unguarded operating parts of a forming and filling machine. OSHA cited the company for similar infractions in 2022 and 2019.
  • Lacking a program/procedures to prevent unintended activation of grinders, choppers, and forming and filling machines during sanitation and maintenance.
  • Exposing employees to high noise levels with incomplete hearing protection.
  • Inadequate eyewash facilities for employees working with corrosive cleaners.
  • An incomplete chemical hazard communication program.

The DOL release states that, since 2017, OSHA inspections have identified 10 serious, repeat and other-than-serious violations at the Chinese Spaghetti Factory’s location. In total, the company faces $190,541 in proposed fines for its recent uncorrected, recurring and new hazards.

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

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