Bakery Worker Suffers Serious Injury

An Illinois bakery is dealing with several OSHA fines after a worker suffered serious injuries because of the lack of machine guarding.  The 41-year-old woman was cleaning product waste from a factory floor and suffered severe scalp injuries and multiple cuts when a machine caught her hairnet.  Due to the serious injuries, she spent four days in the hospital.  This is the third serious injury involving machine hazards this year by Hearthside Food Solutions, LLC.  The company bakes cookies and crackers for many national brands.

After an inspection, OSHA issued the company one repeated, three serious, and one other-than-serious safety violation in November for failing to protect workers from machinery operating parts.  The company faces $47,000 in penalties for the July 2015 injury.

OSHA cited the company in April and September 2015 after workers had fingertips amputated in accidents at the plant. Hearthside reported the three injuries to OSHA under the new recording rule that took effect last January.  The rule requires employers to report amputations and workplace hospitalizations to the agency within 24 hours.

The company settled the citations issued in April 2015 and has contested those issued in September.

Based in Downers Grove, Illinois, Hearthside Food Solutions is the food industry’s largest contract manufacturer of baked goods and bars. With 23 facilities in North America and Europe, the company employs approximately 6,000 workers, nearly 1,800 of them at the McComb plant.