OSHA cites Wei-Chuan for worker fatality

by MEAT+POULTRY Staff
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JERSEY CITY, NJ – Wei-Chuan USA Inc., a frozen food manufacturing and distribution company based in Bell Gardens, Calif., faces a fine $107,000 after a worker fell 24 ft. to his death at the company’s Jersey City warehouse, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported.

OSHA cited the company for one willful, one repeat and six serious violations. The agency opened an investigation into the Wei-Chuan facility after a 60-year-old warehouse supervisor died after falling from a top-tier warehouse rack. Investigators learned that the company knowingly allowed forklifts to hoist employees on pallets as they conducted inventory, OSHA said.

OSHA cited the company with a willful violation for raising employees on forklifts and failure to provide fall protection. Additionally, the serious violations were due to employees being allowed to improperly climb warehouse racks, lack of hand protection while handling hazardous materials, electrical hazards, hazard communication deficiencies and lack of forklift training.

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