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MFA Inc. Cited for Safety Violations After Worker Fatally Injured

AURORA, Mo. – MFA Inc., a regional farm supply and marketing cooperative, has been cited for 13 safety violations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a worker was killed on Aug. 26 at the milling plant in Aurora.
AURORA, Mo. – MFA Inc., a regional farm supply and marketing cooperative, has been cited for 13 safety violations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a worker was killed on Aug. 26 at the milling plant in Aurora.

Proposed fines for the violations total $91,000.

According to a news statement from the U.S. Department of Labor, the worker landed on a first floor concrete area after falling 40 feet from a man lift used to transport materials in the facility.

Barbra Theriot, OSHA’s area director in Kansas City, Mo., says the accident was a preventable tragedy.

“Employers are required to use equipment in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications,” said Theriot in a statement. “Employers are responsible for identifying hazards, providing safety precautions such as guard rails and ensuring workers follow proper procedures to prevent injury or death.”

MFA’s 13 serious violations include: failing to guard open-sided floors throughout the plant with varying fall distances up to 20 feet, inadequate footing space on industrial ladders creating fall distances up to 125 feet, failing to inspect man lifts every 30 days, failing to have guarded belts and pulleys on machinery, and failing to use proper connectors, thus exposing workers to electrical conductors on motors.

Other violations included failing to have two exit doors, obstructed exits and unmarked and poorly lighted exit routes. The company also received a citation for failing to have an alarm system to warn workers of fires and other emergencies.

A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and notice of proposed penalties to contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

If a company does not file or contest within that period, it must decline the cited conditions within the period ordered in the citations and pay the proposed penalties.

To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint, or report workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA’s toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or the agency’s Kansas City Area Office at 816-483-9531.


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