OSHA opens investigation into The Dannon Co. injury


By Sheryl Roadcap - sroadcap@sidneydailynews



MINSTER — An OSHA investigation has been opened following a workplace injury of a Russia man that occurred Wednesday morning at The Dannon Company in Minster.

Minster Life Squad and Police responded to 216 Southgate Drive Wednesday, Aug. 22, on the report Austin Gariety, 24, of Russia, had been injured. The rescue squad transported Gariety to Wilson Health.

“A contractor working on-site at our plant in Minster, Ohio, was injured yesterday in an industrial accident. He was treated in our first aid room by our on-site medical response team while awaiting emergency responders. Local EMS responded and transferred the individual to a local hospital for further treatment. We have no further information on his condition and are keeping him in our thoughts and prayers as he recovers,” Wes Farno, public relations for The Dannon Company, wrote in a statement Thursday.

Farno declined to comment on the nature of Wednesday’s accident but said it is under investigation.

The Dannon Company had 24 hours to contact OSHA concerning the workplace accident, according to Dan Steffen, assistant area director at OSHA’s Toledo branch.

“OSHA has up to six months to complete its inspection, issue citations and propose penalties if violations of safety and or health regulations are found,” said a spokesperson with the Office of Public Affairs with U.S. Department of Labor, Chicago, in an email Friday afternoon.

OSHA compliance officers will be investigating whether The Dannon Company was complying with OSHA requirements at the time of the accident, Public Affairs Office media contact Scott Allen said Thursday afternoon.

By Sheryl Roadcap

sroadcap@sidneydailynews

Reach the writer at 937-538-4823.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4823.