Hershey's Cited, Fined $140,000 for Accident

Tuesday, July 31, 2007:

OAKDALE, Calif. (AP) - The nation's largest candy company has been fined the maximum amount for an accident at its plant in Stanislaus County.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health announced yesterday Hershey Company has received two citations and been fined 140-thousand dollars for an accident at its Oakdale plant that severed a woman's arm at the shoulder.

A spokeswoman for the agency says the violations were classified as "serious and willful."

Hershey has until August 12th to pay the fines for the March accident, but a Hershey spokeswoman says the company plans to appeal.

The company is shutting down its Oakdale plant as part of a restructuring plan that will send production to Mexico.

The first round of layoffs began this month and will continue through January, when the plant will close.

Information from: The Modesto Bee, http://www.modbee.com

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