This week, the federal government said it found major safety violations at a key Hershey plant in Pennsylvania.
But guess what? Hershey isn’t in trouble.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited two Hershey contractors — Exel Inc. and SHS Staffing Solutions — for the violations. The charges are serious including everything from willful thwarting of U.S. safety laws to the failure to keep tabs on worker injuries, and the fine was high, nearly $290,000.
Even though the workers at the plant make Hershey products and the company profits from those Kisses and Kit-Kats, the company pretty much gets to wash its hands of the whole thing.
A reporter for the New York Times, Julia Preston, rightly called Hershey after news of the fine came out, and the company took a pass:
A spokesman for the Hershey Company, Jeff Beckman, noted that Hershey had not been cited by OSHA, and he said he could not speak for Exel.
But what about Hershey’s role in this? I asked Labor Department spokeswoman Joanna Hawkins why Hershey wasn’t cited, and she said, (more…)