Atlanta Manufacturer of Popular Frozen Foods Takes Quick Action in Response to OSHA Discovery of Continued Safety Violations
Atlanta, GA (WorkersCompensation.com) - When U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors returned to an Atlanta food manufacturing facility and found previously cited hazards had reoccurred, the management of Schwan's Global Supply Inc. took an unusual step.
The subsidiary of The Schwan Food Company, a multibillion-dollar private company that sells popular frozen food brands through home delivery, the food service industry and grocery stores in North America, told OSHA the company accepted responsibility for the safety and health hazards and signed a pre-citation settlement agreement with OSHA on Jan. 15.
“We are very encouraged that Schwan recognized the safety failures that have reoccurred and is taking full responsibility,” said Bill Fulcher, director of OSHA's Atlanta East Area Office. “The company settled the citations immediately and signed the enhanced compliance agreement as part of its commitment to protect its workers and operate safely. When employers are committed to safety, everyone wins.”
OSHA cited Schwan, which manufactures frozen foods sold under several brand names, including Red Baron, Tony's and Freschetta pizza and Mrs. Smith's desserts, at its Atlanta facility, for four repeated, three serious and three other-than-serious safety and health violations.
The agency issued repeated citations for failing to:
Based in Marshall, Minnesota, the Schwan Food Company has approximately 14,000 employees nationwide. The company's Atlanta subsidiary produces dough, cookies and piecrusts for popular products with approximately 490 workers.
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