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OSHA Cites Cargill for Safety Violations
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Cargill Meat Solutions with three safety violations at its Beardstown pork processing facility. OSHA has proposed $114,000 in fines for the company.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor:
"One willful violation is directing workers to perform maintenance and servicing on carbon dioxide equipment without first documenting lockout and tagout procedures designed to prevent unexpected energization. A willful violation is one committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.
repeat violation is failing to train workers who operate equipment on procedures
to properly control hazardous energy. A repeat violation exists when an
employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a
standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal
enforcement states within the last five years. A similar violation was cited in
May 2009 at the company’s Nebraska City, Neb., facility.
"One serious violation is failing to document and certify periodic inspections of lockout procedures for an older model of carbon dioxide equipment. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known."