Chicken processor facing fines for safety violations

Related tags Occupational safety and health

Allen Family Foods is facing fines of $182,200 after being cited with dozens of serious health and safety violations at its Harbeson poultry processing plant in the United States.

The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it launched an investigation in September 2009 after “numerous serious and wilful violations were issued at a similar processing facility in Maryland”.

OSHA has cited the company with 45 serious violations and proposed a penalty of $182,000, and two other-than-serious violations with a proposed penalty of $200. The serious violations address hazards with industrial trucks, falls, personal protective equipment, machine guarding, electrical hazards, process safety management, respirators and emergency response.

"It is vital that the company abate these hazards as quickly as possible to ensure that safety and health of workers at that facility are not at risk,"​ said Domenick Salvatore, director of OSHA's Wilmington, Del., office.

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