From AGWeb.com, Farm Journal News Detail, “AMPI Settles With OSHA Over Safety Violation” by Jim Dickrell, Dairy Today Editor, 31 Mar 2011.
Associated Milk Producers, Inc., based in New Ulm, Minn., has settled with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) over a safety violation in its Blair, Wis. milk plant.
Last August, an independent milk hauler fell 10’ from the top of a tanker truck and subsequently died of his injuries. OSHA had originally fined AMPI $72,500 for failure to require a safety harness for the milk hauler working a top the tanker.
AMPI has since met with OSHA officials in an informal conference, and has agreed to pay $56,000. AMPI could have contested the violation further through a more formal hearing process, but AMPI officials decided it was in the best interest of the co-op to settle and close the matter, says Sheryl Meshke, AMPI VP of Public Affairs.
For its part, OSHA reduced the violation from a “willful” to a “repeat” act.