OSHA FINES PILGRIM’S PRIDE AFTER ACCIDENT IN ALABAMA

Noelle Holladay True (true@rwktlaw.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.

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