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OSHA Proposes Citations and Fines over Safety Violations

Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 29-Aug-2012

A recent employee death has sparked an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citation of Tyson Foods, Inc. The corporation was cited because of a failure to maintain certain safety regulations that could have prevented the worker's death. This particular incident took place at the Nebraska plant in Dakota City. Earlier this year, the employee was working with a certain piece of equipment which collapsed on him. He was transported to a nearby hospital but died there.

As was standard procedure, the OSHA investigated the incident and found that there was supposed to be a chain holding the piece of equipment in place. This chain failed, which led to the employee's death. After this information was gathered, the OSHA could then cite Tyson for a "willful violation" of standard safety procedures. Had the necessary modifications to the equipment been made, the piece of machinery likely would not have fallen and crushed the worker.

The violations did not end there. Tyson was also cited for failing to provide the proper protective equipment for their employees, a total of five violations. When the OSHA issues citations, the company is required to remediate all problems so as to prevent future incident. Tyson will also have to pay just over $100k in fines. Workplace safety is of the utmost importance, which is why federal regulating agencies take violations such as this so seriously.

In other news, the OSHA has also recently issued more than $60k in fines from a flour mill for violations that put workers' safety and health at risk. A total of 23 fines were announced this Monday against H. Nagel and Sons Co. in Ohio. Two of the violations are repeat violations. According to information from the OSHA, the company had previously failed to provide workers with adequate information on respirator standards as well as a failure to properly secure and guard inclined belts. These violations were never remediated to comply with federal standards.

A majority of the violations, 14 total, were deemed "serious" risks to safety and health and another five were deemed "other-than-serious." When a company receives citations from the OSHA they have 15 days in which they can respond. A response has already come from the company that they will not contest the findings from the investigation.

Government agencies are working hard to set up standards so that workers in the industrial industry will have a better quality of work. These men and women have some of the most dangerous jobs in the entire nation, but they deserve to be protected as much as possible. Unfortunately, safety violations are common and commonly lead to the injury, illness and even death of many employees. If you or a loved one were injured in this way, please contact the attorneys that are passionate about taking a stand for industrial workers. Contact Arnold & Itkin today!

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