Chicken Processing Facility Faces Heavy Fines

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Less than two years after agreeing to address safety violations in a settlement agreement with OSHA, Case Farms Processing Inc. exposed workers to the same dangerous machinery hazards at its Winesburg facility in Ohio.

OSHA found one willful, four repeated, one serious and one other-than-serious violation at the processing facility during two follow-up inspections, which cited the company for 23 safety violations in 2011. OSHA initiated the follow-up inspections to verify that previously cited hazards had been corrected at the facility. The chicken producing and processing company faces proposed penalties of $126,500.

OSHA’s inspection found that machinery lacked proper safety mechanisms and workers faced amputation hazards while operating saws and grinders.

Additionally, sanitation workers were not included in company audits concerning machines starting up during service and maintenance. The company also failed to maintain an accurate log of worker injuries and illnesses. Machine hazards are one of the most frequently cited OSHA standards.