OSHA proposes $85K in fines against Oak Creek food distributor

OAK CREEK -- The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued one willful and four serious safety violations to Joseph Campione Inc., a food distributor in Oak Creek.

OSHA found the company ignored safety requirements to protect workers from moving machine parts. This, following an incident in which a 30-year-old temporary employee required extensive surgery after suffering burns and lacerations after she used a cutting and sealing machine.

In its January 27th inspection, OSHA found Campione's machinery lacked adequate guards. Additionally, procedures to prevent unexpected machine movement, such as using blocking and locking devices, were not in place.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings.

OSHA has proposed fines of $85,800.