Wyoming OSHA Proposes $194,000 in Fines to Western Sugar Cooperative
(Cheyenne, Wyo.) — The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Denver-based Western Sugar Cooperative for a total of 39 violations stemming from follow-up inspections at its Torrington and Lovell facilities. The two February OSHA inspections resulted in proposed penalties totaling $194,000.
OSHA previously cited the Lovell facility in January of this year for 12 citations and proposed penalties totaling $71,000 following a fatality inspection. Fatality investigations are typically limited in scope. The January Lovell case is still open.
Based upon the observations made by the compliance officer during the Lovell fatality inspection, OSHA returned for a full inspection of the Lovell facility shortly after. Additionally, OSHA conducted an inspection of the Torrington Western Sugar facility, which had been inspected and cited for violations on previous occasions. Follow-up/referral inspections are not uncommon after incident investigations.
“In addition to one repeat serious violation, these inspections revealed 36 instances in which a serious hazard existed that the employer knew about, or should have known about,” said Director of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Joan Evans. “Western Sugar Cooperative and all Wyoming employers have a responsibility to keep their worksites safe, and that means they must understand and abate hazards at all worksites under their management.”
Employers can request safety and health assistance from OSHA Consultation at no charge. Health and safety consultations include an audit of the facility where hazards are identified but no fine or penalty is issued. To request a free OSHA safety consultation, employers should call 777-7787.
–Provided by the Wyoming Department of Health