Noelle Holladay True (email@example.com)
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has issued citations to Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. following the agency’s investigation of a workplace accident that occurred at an Alabama poultry plant in September 2015. The accident occurred when a machine operator was attempting to reassemble a chicken-part separating machine when it started unexpectedly, amputating part of his finger.
OSHA cited Pilgrim’s Pride with a “repeat violation” for “failing to develop, document and train workers on the specific procedures to prevent machinery from starting up” while maintenance and service work is being performed, and issued a $70,000 penalty for this violation. Pilgrim’s Pride was also issued a “serious violation” for a damaged 115 volt cable on the machine, and issued a $7,000 penalty.
Pilgrim’s Pride can request a conference with OSHA’s area director in Birmingham to contest these findings.