GREENWOOD, Miss. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Delta Oil Mill for 25 safety and health violations, carrying proposed penalties of $83,415, following an inspection at the company’s facility in Greenwood. OSHA initiated its inspection in May after receiving a complaint alleging an employee sustained a back injury as a result of falling through a floor opening and landing on a powered industrial truck.
Twenty-two serious safety and health violations include failing to guard wall openings, opened-sided platforms and floor holes without a cover or standard railings; keep floors clean and dry of water and cotton lint; provide specific procedures for controlling hazardous energy; document certification of periodic inspections of the energy control procedures; train employees on the company’s lockout/tagout program; provide training on electrical safety work practices; implement written electrical safety work practice procedures; post signage and safety symbols to warn employees of electrical hazards; provide employees confined space training before entering a railcar; inform workers of the hazards they face before entering a railcar and poor housekeeping. Other violations involve allowing employees to use a forklift inappropriately to elevate workers; entering a railcar witho