The Bush Brothers facility in Dandridge has been fined more than $8,000 by the Tennessee Occupational Health and Safety Administration after a worker was crushed to death in a piece of machinery earlier this year.
A report from TOSHA say at the start of her overnight shift on April 23, Shannon Smith, a worker hired through a temp service, was cleaning the pallet de-stacking machine she was assigned to operate, as cans of beans routinely fall and spill during operation of the machine.
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The machine has an electronic eye that sends it into operation when it detects the presence of pallets. While she was cleaning the machine, the report says Smith triggered the electronic eye, sending the machine into motion and crushing her.
TOSHA found two serious violations at Bush Brothers. They say there were no procedures for the control of the machine when people enter it to clean, which employees routinely do at the facility. They say there were also no safeguards to protect a worker from being crushed by the machine.
As an aside, TOSHA says they also found employees had not been given proper training on the use of hazardous chemicals in their work area.
Bush Brothers was fined a total of $8,175, due later this month.