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Publix cited for safety, health violations

3:48 PM, Feb 15, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Publix Supermarkets has been cited for 16 safety and health violations after the hand of a worker was amputated while cleaning conveyor equipment at its Jacksonville distribution facility last September.

OSHA on Wednesday also placed Publix in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program because of repeat violations. That means the supermarket chain will be getting follow-up inspections from the job safety agency.

The proposed penalties issued Wednesday total $182,000.

OSHA officials say two of the citations are for repeat violations and six others are for failing to train adequately employees on certain procedures. Another six citations are for failing to complete injury log and illness incident reports.

A Publix spokesman says the company will contest the citations. Dwaine Stevens says the safety of workers is paramount.

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