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Bacardi Bottling Corp. cited with 12 safety violations

4:42 PM, Feb 11, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Bacardi Bottling Corp. was cited Monday with 12 safety violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after the August death of a temporary worker on his first day on the job at its Jacksonville facility.

Lawrence Daquan Davis, 21, was crushed to death by a palletizer machine. He worked for Remedy Intelligent Staffing, which provides Bacardi Bottling's temporary staffing service.

"A worker's first day at work shouldn't be his last day on earth," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "Employers are responsible for ensuring the safe conditions of all their employees, including those who are temporary."

Davis was cleaning glass from under the hoist of a palletizing machine when an employee restarted the machine, according to a media release from the U.S. Department of Labor. 

OSHA investigators found that Bacardi Bottling had not trained temporary employees on utilizing locks and tags to prevent the accidental start-up of machines and failed to ensure its own employees utilized procedures to lock or tag out machines.

Bacardi Bottling faces $192,000 in proposed penalties for willful and serious violations.

Two willful citations were issued because Bacardi Bottling failed to develop, document and utilize lockout/tag out procedures for the control of potentially hazardous energy and train temporary workers on lockout/tag out procedures.

A willful violation is defined as one committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for legal requirements or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

"Employers must train all employees, including temporary workers, on the hazards specific to that workplace -- before they start working," Michaels said, "Had Bacardi done so, this tragic loss of life could have been prevented."

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply.

The citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/BacardiBottlingCorp_584358_0208_13.pdf .


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