The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Bacardi Bottling Corp. with 12 alleged safety violations after Lawrence Daquan Davis, a 21-year-old temporary worker, was killed by a palletizer machine during his first day of work at the company's facility in Jacksonville, Fla. 

"A worker's first day at work shouldn't be his last day on earth," says Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "Employers are responsible for ensuring the safe conditions of all their employees, including those who are temporary."

As required by OSHA, employers must protect the health and safety of each worker under their supervision and control. When Davis was cleaning glass underneath the hoist of the palletizing machine, another employer restarted the palletizer, which crushed Davis. According to OSHA, Bacardi Bottling did not train temporary employees on using locks and tags to prevent the accidental start-up of machines and failed to ensure its employees followed procedures to lock or tag out machines.

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