Frito-Lay Pays Fines After Fatality Investigation

Frito-Lay Inc. will pay $57,000 in fines and abate the violations found during an investigation following a fatality at the company's Lubbock, Texas, plant.

A fatal accident in February at a manufacturing plant in Lubbock, Texas, has resulted in citations by OSHA against Frito-Lay Inc. with the company agreeing to pay $57,000 in fines and abate the violations.

Frito-Lay Inc. manufactures potato chips, corn chips and other snacks at the Lubbock plant where about 193 workers are employed. Corporate offices are located in Plano, Texas.

The violations were discovered during an OSHA investigation that began Feb. 9, 2001, in response to a fatality that occurred in a confined space.

The employee fell into an oil tank, while trying to make a repair, hit his head and drowned.

The company was cited for failing to implement the confined space entry procedures.

Employees who enter and work inside a confined space must follow a precise series of steps to control hazardous conditions before entry.

by Virginia Foran

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