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Englewood condiment maker’s Ala. subsidiary is cited by OSHA

A unit of Englewood-based condiment producer Supreme Oil Company was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 14 violations, with a recommended penalty of $234,960.A March 2014 inspection at Supreme Oil Company-South, based in Brundidge, Alabama, found repeat and new violations that included failure to provide guardrails, maintain dry floors and train workers to turn off machinery.

OSHA said in a news release that the inspection was initiated due to a complaint, and to complete a follow-up to a 2012 inspection. In 2012, the Alabama facility was cited for eight safety violations, it said.

“Workers continue to be exposed to safety hazards, such as falls, unsafe forklift usage and amputation hazards,” Joseph Roesler, director of OSHA’s Mobile, Alabama, area office, said in the release. “I am disappointed to see these violations present after they had been identified during an earlier inspection. Companies with more than one facility need to understand that a repeat violation is not just based upon the history of the site where the original violation occurred, and it can be based upon any of their locations covered nationally by federal OSHA.”

OSHA said it has conducted 11 inspections at Supreme Oil’s Alabama and New Jersey facilities since 1994.

Supreme Oil had 15 days from receipt of the citations to comply with them, contest them or request a conference with Roesler.

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