OSHA Cites AMPI For Safety Violation
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited
Associated Milk Producers, Inc. for safety violations in its milk plant in Blair, Wis. last August when an independent milk hauler fell 10’ from the top of a tanker and died of his injuries. The fine for the violation is $72,500.
AMPI is contesting the citation, and will be appealing it through an “informal conference” with OSHA officials in the next few weeks, says Sheryl Meshke, AMPI VP of Public Affairs.
“Fall protection (safety harnesses) exist in each AMPI facility,” she says. “Our employees have long been required to use those. But the independent hauling companies chose not to use them at the time of the accident. They no longer have that option.”
The deceased worker was employed by Bechel Brothers, Plum City, Wis., which has also been fined $14,000. Seven other independent trucking firms which deliver milk to the Blair facility each were issued a serious citation and $4,200 fine. Each company has 15 days in which to respond to OSHA to comply, request an informal conference or contest the findings.
AMPI has been inspected by OSHA three times in the last five years, and has had eight state enforcement inspections. In 2006, the cooperative was cited for failing to provide fall protection in its Plainview, Neb. Facility. The eight milk hauling companies have not previously been inspected.