Teen Worker Loses Leg in Machine Accident

CANTON, Ohio – A leading supplier of fast food and supermarket chicken is facing more than $1.4 million in fines this year for worker safety and health violations, including several that led a teenage worker to suffer the amputation of his lower leg.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has levied the latest penalties against Case Farms Processing Inc. for 16 violations at the chicken processor’s Canton facility. The safety failures resulted in two serious injuries to workers while they cleaned machines.

A 17-year-old worker, employed by cleaning subcontractor Cal-Clean had his left leg amputated from the knee down and a 24-year-old Case Farms employee lost two fingertips.

Both workers were fired after the incidents.

OSHA cited Case Farms for two willful, 10 repeated, and four serious safety violations with proposed penalties of $424,600 on Sept 24. The agency also penalized Cal-Clean’s owner, Callaghan and Callaghan with $179,700 in fines on Sept. 28, for two willful, five serious and three other-than-serious safety violations.

Both companies were cited for exposing workers to amputation, fall, electrical and other serious hazards.

In August, OSHA placed Case Farms in the agency’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program, after it assessed $861,500 in penalties after investigations at the company’s Winesburg, Ohio facility.

Two other inspections remain open at Case Farms’ Canton facility.