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by Ojobaro Adekemi on 06/21/2016 at 05:58 AM

Wegmans fined after worker’s hand get caught

Wegmans has been fined , they have to pay $140k after the workers hand get caught in the machine. It was fined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after accusations that the company’s safety violations led to a woman breaking several bones in her arm and hand in December.

Occurrence of injury

The injury occurred on Dec. 16, 2015, when the woman’s hand got caught in the conveyor belt and roller system at the grocery store chain’s Brooks Avenue bakery in Rochester, WEHC reports. OSHA said the woman was trying to clean the system while it was running, something employees often did.

Mistake by Wegmans

Wegmans should’ve properly trained employees on how to properly turn off and clean the system and had procedures to “eliminate” or “control” the potentially hazardous situation, OSHA said, according to the D&C

OSHA fined Wegmans $188,200 for multiple violations of workplace safety rules at the same central bakeshop manufacturing facility, located at 1500 Brooks Ave. In March 2015, OSHA said an employee lost his fingertip when it became caught in a conveyor he was cleaning. One month later, a mechanic suffered a first-degree burn on his wrist while repairing a steam valve

Wegmans said its rate of workplace-relate accidents, despite those issues, is the lowest in its 100-year history, the D&C reports. It’s frequently lauded as one of the best grocery stores in the nation and it has ranked highly for years as a top place to work. The grocery chain celebrated its 100th anniversary in January.

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