US regulator proposes fines for food firm over ammonia violations

27 July 2013 00:33  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced on Friday it has proposed fining Echo Lake Foods for safety violations related to an ammonia system that was destroyed in fire at its plant in Burlington, Wisconsin, in January.

Echo Lake makes precooked and frozen food.

According to OSHA, part of the Burlington refrigeration system was destroyed in the fire, which did not seriously injure any employees. OSHA said a proposed fine of $150,000 (€113,000) was due to 27 safety violations at the Burlington facility and another frozen food production plant in Yorkville, Wisconsin.

“By disregarding OSHA’s standards to train employees on ammonia hazards, compressors and safety procedures, Echo Lake Foods endangered workers at both its Wisconsin facilities,” said Christine Zortman, OSHA’s area director.

The company has 15 business days from receiving OSHA citations to contest them and the proposed penalties.


By: Mark Milam



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