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OSHA fines Tyson Foods for amputation hazards at its Center facility

The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined the multinational meat and poultry processor Tyson Foods Inc. $236,498. The charges come after reports that Tyson endangered workers by exposing them to amputation hazards and high levels of carbon dioxide and peracetic acid without providing proper protective equipment.

OSHA investigated Tyson’s Center, Texas chicken processing facility and were able to identify two repeated and 15 serious violations. OSHA also cited Tyson for not making sure that employees used appropriate eye or face protection when facing eye or face hazards during a 2012 investigation of its facility in Carthage. In 2013, OSHA cited the company for failing to separate compressed gas cylinders of acetylene and oxygen while in storage at its facility in Albertville, Alabama. Tyson has 15 days to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the citations and penalties.

Each day, workers are injured or killed due to the unsafe working environments propagated by the negligent attitudes of their employers. If you or a loved one is hurt during a workplace accident in Champaign or another area of Illinois, get in touch with our attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C. by calling our offices today at (217) 328-2828.