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Wegmans facing thousands in OSHA fines

October 26, 2011

ROCHESTER, NY — The U.S. Department of Labor''s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Wegmans Food Markets Inc. with repeated and serious workplace safety violations, according to the Rochester Business Journal.

The grocery chain faces nearly $200,000 in fines for inadequate safeguards to prevent the unintended start of machinery during maintenance, the article stated.

According to the article, the violations were cited at Wegmans'' corporate bakery and distribution center.
Inspections by OSHA''s Buffalo office found Wegmans failed to develop, utilize and follow procedures and to adequately train workers on hazards and procedures related to lockout and tagout procedures, the article noted.

"The fines proposed for these violations are significant because this employer previously has been cited for similar hazards," Arthur Dube, OSHA''s area director for Western New York, said in a statement.

"For the safety and health of its workers, Wegmans must take effective action to ensure that proper lockout/tagout safeguards are in place and in use at all of its locations," Dube added.

According to OSHA officials, Wegmans has 15 business days after receiving the citations to react to the findings, the article added.

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