Wegmans Food Markets facing fines of US$195,200 from OSHA for repeated violations at its corporate bakery and distribution center in Rochester, New York, mainly for inadequate safeguards to prevent machines from starting accidentally

Cindy Allen

Cindy Allen

Oct 25, 2011 – Associated Press

ROCHESTER, New York , October 25, 2011 () – The upscale grocery-store chain Wegmans has been hit with federal workplace safety citations that carry potential fines of nearly $200,000.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration accuses Wegmans Food Markets on Tuesday of repeated violations at its corporate bakery and distribution center in Rochester, N.Y.

The agency says Wegmans faced fines totaling $195,200 mainly for inadequate safeguards to prevent machinery from starting up unintentionally during maintenance. Instead, it says machines must be completely shut down before workers carry out maintenance.

Wegmans says it immediately tackled most issues raised by inspectors and is reviewing the citations "to determine our next steps." The company was previously cited in 2007 and 2010 for similar hazards at Wegmans locations in Rochester.

Wegmans has 77 stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland.

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