Federal authorities are investigating an Idaho beet sugar company for safety issues after an employee was severely burned by hot sugar syrup on the job last week.
According to the Twin Falls Times-News, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is currently awaiting the findings of an internal investigation of the accident, which occurred inside the Amalgamated Sugar Company plant Monday, Sept. 26.
Emergency workers responded to a call from the Amalgamated Sugar plant about 2:45 p.m. There they treated a 28-year-old woman with “severe burns” she received after spilling a sample container of hot syrup. The Twin Falls County Sheriff’s office told the Times-News that the worker could have suffered from an unspecified “medical incident” that may have contributed to her burn injuries.
The worker was transported by medical helicopter to Salt Lake City, Utah, where she was admitted to the University of Utah Hospital Burn Center, which serves as a regional treatment center for burn injuries.
A spokesperson for Amalgamated Sugar told the Times-News that the accident remains under investigation and that OSHA is awaiting the results. The agency said it expects to receive the company’s investigation findings this week.
Leo Kay, the U.S. Department of Labor’s regional public affairs director in San Francisco, told the Times-News that labor officials will be looking at a number of issues to determine how the accident happened and what measures the company may be able to take to prevent such accidents from occurring in the future.
The Times-News said Mr. Kay provided a list of the factors investigators will consider in its probe of the Sept. 26 accident.
“We want to know that employees are not continuing to be exposed to a hazard; that the hazard itself no longer exists; that the employer has identified the cause (or) problem, and that good, solid corrective actions were taken to ensure the hazard or something similar doesn’t happen again.”
Source: Twin Falls Times-News