Florida Agricultural Waste Recycling Plant Faces Safety Fines

September 11, 2009

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing $91,275 in penalties following an inspection of Griffin Industries in Starke, Fla.

The rendering plant is being cited with one willful violation and a $55,000 proposed penalty for not providing workers with fall protection when working above an industrial blender.

It also faces another $36,275 in proposed penalties for five other OSHA violations.

The company based in Cold Spring, Ky., collects and recycles agricultural wastes, meat and poultry byproducts, grocery scraps, restaurant grease and bakery industry waste.

A call to the company seeking comment was not immediately returned. It has 15 days to fix the problems or challenge the citations.

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