Wholesale produce purveyor Paris Produce failed to correct workplace hazards identified during an August 2017 investigation of its Pleasantville facility, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Paris Produce faces $236,089 in penalties.
The produce supplier failed to respond to citations issued during the 2017 investigation, prompting a follow-up visit where inspectors found two failure-to-abate violations for allowing employees to operate forklifts without proper training and for failing to develop and implement a hazard communication program for employees using hazardous cleaning chemicals.
Two repeat violations for blocking exits and failing to train employees on hazardous chemicals were also identified during the investigation.
“By failing to fix previously cited hazards, Paris Produce continues to expose employees to preventable workplace safety and health hazards, which is unacceptable,” said OSHA Area Director Paula Dixon-Roderick in a statement.
Paris Produce has 15 days from the receipt of citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with Dixon-Roderick, or contest the findings before the Occupational Safety and Health Commission.
A representative for Paris Produce wasn’t available for comment at press time.