Louisiana Seafood Company Cited in OSHA Safety Probe

July 27, 2012

Federal regulators have proposed more than $34,000 in fines for a Breaux Bridge seafood company accused of exposing workers to fire, electrical and chemicals hazards.

The Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration also announced Tuesday that it is seeking nearly $214,000 in back wages and penalties from C.J.’s Seafood.

An investigation by OSHA’s Baton Rouge office resulted in citations for a dozen alleged safety violations at the company’s facility, where employees peel and boil seafood.

OSHA says the building wasn’t equipped with fire extinguishers, exit signs or emergency eyewash stations.

The company also allegedly failed to pay minimum wage and overtime compensation to 73 workers.

C.J.’s Seafood has 15 business days to comply with or contest the citations.

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