Watchdog says ‘we need to take this step’ to protect jobs at hydraulic fruit press

Fox News reported Wednesday that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is “looking into the use of hydraulic fruit presses and hydraulic press jaws in the construction industry” and has ordered the company to test its equipment for hazards.

According to a regulatory filing, OSHA is considering whether hydraulic fruit and fruit-based products, such as fruit pies and fruit jams, could be potentially hazardous.

OSHA also has ordered several companies to take steps to reduce the likelihood of occupational injury.

In May, the agency reported that workers at an Ohio fruit-farming operation were sickened after using hydraulic fruit pressure machines.

The workers were using the machines in response to a warning about the potential hazards of applying pressure with a hand grip on a hydraulic fruit-shaped press.

OSHS found the use in the fruit-producing operation had been unsafe, but said it did not have a specific hazard.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.