OSHA issued one willful violation to the Buffalo, New York-based food manufacturer and proposed $145,027 in penalties. The agency placed Rich Products in OSHA’s Severe Violator Program for a willful violation that led to an employee fatality. The company has an extensive history of OSHA violations nationwide.
“This preventable tragedy is another example of why employers must ensure lockout/tagout procedures are in place before allowing workers to clean or operate machinery,” said OSHA Chicago South Area Director James Martineck in Tinley Park. “Employers who fail to follow safety standards and train workers in operating procedures will be held accountable.”
Rich Products Corp. manufactures frozen pizza, desserts and other grocery items for food service, retail, in-store bakeries and delis. The company operates about 100 locations globally and reports annual sales exceeding $4 billion. The company employs about 375 people at its Crest Hills facility and more than 7,400 nationwide.
The matter of fact is a lockout/tagout procedure which had been properly implemented, trained, and then followed, in this instance, would have avoided a fatality.
Alec Graham manages Reece’s US division; Reece Safety International Inc, from his new home in Dallas, Texas, having relocated to the States in October 2023. He has a First-Class Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management. Alec joined Reece after graduating from University in August 2022 although, as son of the Managing Director, he will tell you that he feels like he has worked at Reece since he was 15!
Alec is a keen rugby player and also enjoys windsurfing during the summer. Whenever he is back in the UK he plays rugby for his home club, Back-2-Back Aire Wharfe Cup champions, Ilkley Rugby Club.