An OSHA investigation has found that Sanimax USA LLC failed to create and implement hazardous energy control procedures related to clearing blocked pumps and piping at its facilities. The investigation began after a worker at the company’s rendering plant in Green Bay, Wisconsin, was severely burned when a pump seal released steam and hot oil while the worker was trying to clear a blockage. During their investigation, OSHA cited Sanimax for three repeat and 10 serious safety and health violations. This includes exposing workers to fall dangers, electrical hazards, and explosion hazards. The company faces $296,668 in penalties.
In a recent quote, OSHA Area Director Robert Bonack said, “In the past five years, OSHA has cited Sanimax for violations like those found in this investigation. The company is well aware of the need to guard equipment and keep surfaces free of liquids that can create slip and fall hazards. Failing to heed previous OSHA citations and correct deficiencies puts employees at risk. Employers can prevent injuries by following required safety procedures and by training workers to recognize and mitigate hazards.”