In the past 20 years, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited International Nutrition for 13 violations.
Seven came as a result of an inspection following a fatal accident in August 2002. A 45-year-old employee died when he became caught in a moving auger conveyor while cleaning the surfaces of a mixing tank, according to an OSHA report.
The company was fined $20,350 for four serious violations and three other violations discovered during an investigation of the accident. The company settled the citations, paying $13,600 in fines.
International Nutrition is not part of OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which the agency said focuses on companies that have shown indifference to safety regulations through willful or repeated violations, or failure to fix violations.
The Omaha company has settled violations by paying the fines and bringing equipment up to standard, OSHA said. No violations were found in a 2003 follow-up inspection at the fatality.
The 2002 serious violations included:
» Not conducting an evaluation to determine whether there were any confined spaces that required a safe entry program.
» Not developing a program for safe entry of confined spaces.
» Failing to train employees to safely enter confined spaces such as the mixer tank.
» Failing to ensure that employees used proper power-source lockout procedures when cleaning the mixer tank.
International Nutrition also was cited for nonserious violations including not reporting the fatality within a required eight-hour period.
In 2012, the firm paid $10,430 in fines, settling an initial penalty of $19,600, for six serious violations that OSHA found during a planned inspection.
» Failing to provide suitable facilities for flushing eyes and skin in the event of accidental exposure to corrosive materials while charging a forklift.
» Failing to ensure that storage racks in a packing area were secured or marked with load capacity.
» Failing to guard parts of a piece of drill equipment.
Between 1974 and 1992, OSHA cited the Omaha firm for 21 violations resulting from both planned inspections and those that were the result of complaints.