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OSHA cites grain processing plant

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OSHA has cited Minnesota-based Endres Processing LLC and its subsidiary Endres Processing Ohio for numerous hazards at the companies’ Upper Sandusky plant.

Endres manufactures animal feed from unused dairy products. OSHA cited large amounts of dust in the plant as both a fire and breathing hazard.

OSHA had been alerted to problems at the plant after reports of several small fires. Grain dust is extremely combustible and can explode with catastrophic results.

In addition to dust, OSHA noted that plant exits were poorly lit and that workers hadn’t been trained to use the plant’s firefighting system.

OSHA listed $252,000 in fines for willful safety violations—those made with full knowledge and disregard of proper procedures. Other fines for serious safety and health violations added up to $281,800.

Note: OSHA has inspected the Upper Sandusky plant twice since 2004, when another company owned it. The most recent inspection found far more serious hazards than before.

Employers should review old inspections and address those issues before OSHA makes another visit. Each facility should have procedures in place to monitor health and safety issues and ensure compliance. 

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