Arms fractured, crushed: Employees injured at New Seasons Market

New Seasons Markets isn’t just known for violating food safety standards, it also puts its hard working employees at risk with poor workplace safety conditions.

Oregon OSHA has issued 20 citations for workplace health and safety violations to New Seasons Market over the last five years, more than 3 times the number of health and safety citations Washington regulators have issued for Metropolitan Market and PCC combined. Neither of the QFC grocery stores on Mercer Island has been cited for workplace safety violations during the last five years. (Source: OSHA)

Safety rule violations can result in serious injuries to grocery store employees. New Seasons employees have been seriously injured on the job. For example:x-ray-arm

  • A New Seasons employee suffered multiple arm fractures, had to be hospitalized and missed 67 days of work in April 2014 when her arm was pinned under the roller of a New Seasons moulder bakery machine. (Source: “VIOLATION WORKSHEET/FIELD NOTES” Oregon OSHA Inspection: 317696425, New Seasons Market LLC (Central Kitchen), April 10, 2014)
  • Two months later, a New Seasons employee had her right forearm smashed between the top roller and the bottom roller of a baking machine, missing 20 days of work. (Source: OSHA Form 300A, New Seasons Market at 301 SE 2nd Ave, Portland, OR, 97214, 2014 , Oregon OSHA Inspection: 317706708, New Seasons Market LLC (Central Kitchen), February 17, 2015)
  • In February 2015, a New Seasons employee had her arm crushed between the bowl and paddle of a mixing machine. (Source: OSHA Form 300A, New Seasons Market at 301 SE 2nd Ave, Portland, OR, 97214, 2015, Oregon OSHA Inspection: 317706708, New Seasons Market LLC (Central Kitchen), February 17, 2015)
  • New Seasons’ on-the-job injuries are serious: In 2015, 25% of all injuries were cuts, mostly from knives, 31% were strains, mainly from lifting, 16% were slips and falls and 16% were from other causes. (Source: “Training – Safety Committee Meeting” included in Oregon OSHA Inspection: 317713146, New Seasons Market LLC (Mountain Park), August 1, 2016.)

Ask New Seasons Market LLC why it has such high employee injury rates and work place safety violations. 

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