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Judge fed up with All-Feed in OSHA inspection case

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A federal judge has cited Alpha-based All-Feed Processing & Pack­­ag­­ing Inc. for contempt after it refused to allow OSHA inspectors full access to its Galva facility.

All-Feed representatives restricted the inspectors to certain areas of the plant and only for short periods.

The contempt citation means the company owes a $31,000 fine, plus $10,965 in attorneys’ fees and costs.

OSHA repeatedly tried to inspect the plant between May 4 and July 5, 2011. Inspectors obtained a warrant to inspect the plant and found 23 safety and health violations when it finally gained entrance in November 2011. At that time, inspectors found what they said were willful violations of OSHA air contamination, hearing protection and combustible dust regulations.

All-Feed has contested the proposed fines of $758,450 for those violations.

Note: OSHA clearly thought this company had something to hide, a suspicion probably heightened after it delayed the inspections for months.

Advice: Be proactive about compliance with workplace safety and health. Find the standards that apply to your industry at www.osha.gov.

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