LIMA — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed penalties of $136,532 for two repeat violations of machine safety standards by Bob Evans Foods Inc.
An investigation in September 2020 by OSHA determined that BEF Foods Inc. failed to shut down and isolate energy to the auger during maintenance work.
As a result, a 39-year-old production worker caught her left arm in a running auger, and part of her arm had to be amputated.
The investigation also found that the company failed to train employees on the required use of lockout tagout procedures when conducting maintenance.
OSHA had previously cited BEF Foods Inc. for similar violations in 2016 at the Lima facility, which employs around 350 people.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to request an informal conference or contest the findings.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.