Miami, Florida-based BC Direct Corp., doing business as Robotray, was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for putting workers at risk for electrical shock, fire and explosion hazards, and faces a proposed $42,682 in penalties. The bakery equipment supply company was also cited for putting workers at risk for being struck by an object.
Robotray manufactures rack loaders and unloaders, tray stackers and unstackers, as well as depanning, scoring and retractable panning systems for snack food and wholesale bakeries. The company was cited for allowing its employees to use spliced extension cords and for failing to properly store chemical cylinders and anchor machinery.
Electrocutions and being struck by objects are among the leading causes of private sector worker deaths, according to OSHA statistics.
“Employers are required to assess the hazards in their workplaces and implement procedures to protect workers from serious or fatal injuries,” said OSHA Fort Lauderdale Area Office Director Condell Eastmond.
Robotray has 15 business days to comply with the citations and proposed penalties, request an informal conference with OSHA’s are director, or contest the findings.
Under the OSHA Act of 1970, employers are responsible for ensuring the safety and health of their work environments for their employees.
OSHA News Release