The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently cited Tyson Foods for four workplace violations in its Hutchison, Kan., facility following a June 17 accident. The meat giant faces $147,000 in proposed fines.
The federal report notes that a worker’s hand was severed by an unguarded conveyor belt as four workers were cleaning conveyor equipment at the end of their shift. In the cleaning process the guarding on the conveyor was removed. The injured worker’s garment and arm were pulled into the gears of the conveyer which had not been properly locked out to prevent unintentional operation, OSHA noted.
The company received two willful violations for failing to train workers on lockout/tagout procedures. One serious violation was issued for failing to provide fixed stairs to reach work areas on the plant’s upper platform. OSHA issued a citation for one other-than-serious violation involved illegible markings on forklift levers.
This particular plant was inspected five times the past decade by OSHA and received 7 violations.
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