July 4, 2020


US cites animal feed facility for employees exposed to work hazards



The US' Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Furst-McNess Company for allegedly exposing workers to potential grain dust explosions and other hazards at its feed mill plant, Wisconsin State Journal reported.


OSHA stated that it cited the Lodi-based company for one wilful and two serious violations and it faces US$148,431 in penalties.


An investigation found the Furst-McNess Company "failed to implement a housekeeping programme to control and remove combustible dust accumulations that occur during storage of grain materials and manufacturing of animal feed," OSHA said.


The company also was cited for allegedly failing to maintain grain-processing equipment.


"OSHA standards require that grain dust and ignition sources be controlled to protect workers from potentially catastrophic explosions," said OSHA Madison area office director Chad Greenwood.


Furst-McNess has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.