Wegmans facing $140K fine after woman pulled into conveyor belt at bakery

Posted at 1:51 PM, Jun 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-20 13:52:16-04

Wegmans, which routinely ranks as one of the best companies to work for, is facing a $140,000 fine for unsafe working conditions in its commercial bakery.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says a worker was hurt last December at the grocery store’s commercial bakery in Rochester. The worker was cleaning a conveyor belt and roller when her hand got caught and she was pulled into the machine, breaking bones in her hand and arm.

OSHA says workers were regularly allowed to clean the conveyor belt without turning it off and locking out its power source and that Wegmans failed to train the employees how to do so. OSHA says Wegmans was cited in October 2011 and September 2015 for similar hazards in its bakery.

Wegmans is facing a $140,000 fine for two repeated violations of workplace safety standards. The company has 15 business days to comply, meet with OSHA’s area director, or to contest the findings before the OSHA commission.

This past March, Fortune Magazine ranked Wegmans as the fourth best company to work for on its annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. It’s the 19th year in a row Wegmans has been named to the list.