Bimbo Bakeries cited for safety violations

by Eric Schroeder
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OAKLAND, CALIF. — The California Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Occupational Safety and Health on April 1 issued $230,535 in citations to Bimbo Bakeries for 20 violations of the state safety and health laws at three separate locations across California.

“Our inspections have shown that the company has not fully addressed ongoing safety issues that expose employees to serious harm,” said Len Welsh, chief of the Cal/OSHA. “Our actions today continue to send a strong message to this company that they cannot allow such hazards to exist, which put the safety of their employees in jeopardy.”

Bimbo’s Escondido facility was issued citations totaling $123,535 for such violations as no injury and illness prevention plan, or no emergency eye wash or shower equipment in battery changing areas.

The company’s Montebello facility was issued six citations totaling $30,250. The violations included no emergency eye wash or shower equipment, incomplete hazardous energy control procedures, and several violations of unguarded pulleys, sprockets and shafts on equipment.

The South San Francisco facility was issued citations totaling $76,750 for violations that included no conducting annual reviews of the hazardous energy control procedures and improper use of electrical cords.

Bimbo has 15 business days to appeal or to accept the violations and pay the penalties.

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