Bioiberica Nebraska, a company which produces pharmaceutical, food supplement and functional foods products, faces penalties of $101,200 and must participate in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program for failing to protect workers from moving machine parts during service and maintenance.
"OSHA’s investigation found multiple violations that exposed workers to serious amputation risks,” said Bonita Winingham, OSHA’s area director in Omaha. “Manufacturers, such as Bioiberica Nebraska, must recognize the hazards their employees face and take precautions to keep them safe on the job.”
There were three willful violations of the ten total. A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirement, or with plain indifference to employee safety and health. These violations included failure to develop written procedures, provide training, and implement a program with locks, tags or other hardware to prevent machines from starting up while employees performed service and maintenance of machinery.
The seven other violations were considered serious. An OSHA violation is serious if death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard an employer knew or should have known exists.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of its 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.