OSHA wants to fine Northeast Iowa feed mill $74,000 for worker perils

Devenish Nutrition, which is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, with plants in Maquoketa, Iowa, and Fairmont, Minn., is accused of unsafe worker conditions at its Maquoketa feed mill. (AP photo)

MAQUOKETA, Iowa (WKBT) – The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration wants to fine an eastern Iowa animal food operation more than $74,000 for alleged workplace safety violations.
Devenish Nutrition has exposed employees at its Maquoketa feed mill to several risks, including long falls, according to a report in The Telegraph Herald in Dubuque, Iowa.
After an OSHA review on Dec. 2 and 3, inspectors cited a lack of fall protection along the building’s catwalk. Employees also were exposed to explosive dust hazards, the inspectors said.

The company specializes in research, as well as development and production of animal premixes, pre-starters, starters and concentrates, along with specialty products and solutions.
Its products are tailored especially for swine, poultry and ruminants.
Devenish Nutrition, which was founded as Devenish Feeds in 1952 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, changed its name under new management in 1997.
It maintains its global headquarters in Belfast, with its U.S. headquarters in Fairmont, Minn., where it has a plant in addition to the Maquoketa facility, according to its website.
Company officials declined comment.