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Cal/OSHA fines Bimbo Bakeries $230,545

Bimbo Bakeries was fined $230,545 for 20 violations of the state safety and health laws at three separate California locations, according to a report from the Department of Industrial Relations' division of Occupational Safety and Health.

Cal/OSHA reported that inspections began in November as part of "ongoing enforcement activity with the company," and citations were issued at facilities in South San Francisco, Escondido and Montebello.

The company operates 35 bakeries in the United States and distributes through more than 7,000 routes, including at stores in the Silicon Valley. Brands include Arnold, Bimbo, Boboli, Brownberry, Entenmann's, Francisco, Freihofer's, Marinela, Mrs Baird's, Oroweat, Stroehmann, Thomas' and Tia Rosa.

Bimbo Bakeries USA is headquartered in Horsham, Penn. and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mexico's Grupo Bimbo, S.A.B. de C.V.

The South San Francisco facility was issued two citations totaling $76,750. The violations included not conducting annual reviews of the hazardous energy control procedures, improper use of electrical cords, unguarded pulleys, sprockets and shafts on equipment and not using required lock out procedures to prevent inadvertent movement of equipment during cleaning and maintenance.

The $230,535 in citations were issued among three locations including the Escondido facility which was issued five citations, including three willful citations totaling $123,535. The violations included no injury and illness prevention plan, no emergency eye wash or shower equipment in battery changing area and several violations of unguarded pulleys, sprockets and shafts on equipment.

The 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.


Source: Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal