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After a second amputation accident on the same equipment lockout/Tagout procedure, OSHA fines a frozen dessert factory in New Jersey.

Lockout/Tagout procedure has been an elevating issue in all industries. Fieldbrook Foods Corp. was found to have violated OSHA safety requirements for an improper shut down of equipment, a procedure known as lockout/Tagout. Despite two serious amputation accidents at a Lakewood ice cream processing plant in 2018 and 2020 on the same operation, a new federal safety and health inspection showed the facility fails to disregard procedures intended to deter future employees from sustaining comparable accidents. When fixing an ice cream wrapping equipment, a maintenance technician lost two fingers during lockout/Tagout.

Fieldbrook Foods Corp. willfully refused to shut down and detach energy to the system during maintenance work, according to an OSHA investigation conducted in September 2020. The Workplace Safety and Health Administration of the United States Department of Labor has imposed a penalty of $237,176. It is very crucial to follow proper maintenance procedures at all times.

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