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April 11, 2013
Poultry plant takes the heat for violations

A grisly accident that took the life of a worker has yielded citations for alleged violation of 43 OSHA standards. The case involves an employee at a Mississippi poultry plant who slipped and fell into an unguarded screw conveyor while cleaning it in 2012.

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The facility, which is facing $160,000 in fines, was cited for a wide variety of issues. Among these were a lack of machine guarding, not providing training for employees entering offal pits, and obstructing exit routes.  As well, OSHA claims that the company exposed workers to shock, burns, crushing, and amputation hazards, among others.

According to OSHA, workers in the poultry industry have historically suffered injuries and illnesses at a rate more than twice the national average. The agency has developed a Poultry Processing Industry eTool with solutions and resources. It is available on the OSHA website at www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/poultry/index.html.

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