Company cited, fined for fire death at southeast Missouri plant

A Greenville business was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, for not providing fall protection to workers, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The citation of Kerry Inc. stems from an employee fatally falling while attempting to put out a fire in the company’s southeast Missouri plant, according to the release. An OSHA inspection earlier this year found multiple failures by the company — including its training of employees for emergencies, provision of emergency equipment and recording of safety data.

Kerry, which makes food flavoring, is faced with more than $220,000 in penalties for violations and was put in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

The program is meant to “focus enforcement efforts on recalcitrant employers who demonstrate indifference to the health and safety of their employees,” according to OSHA.

According to the release, Kerry has 15 days to request a conference with the OSHA area director or contest the findings.

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