OSHA cites, fines Tyson plant for safety violations

by Bryan Salvage
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OMAHA, Neb. — Eight violations have been issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) against the Tyson Foods Inc. meat plant in Lexington, Neb. The agency cited the plant on April 18 for one repeat and seven serious violations, according to The Associated Press. They include failing to cover an electrical fitting and deficiencies in the refrigeration systems. The proposed fines total $66,000.

OSHA says the violations followed inspections initiated in January under programs for industries with a high occupational injury and illness rate and for managing chemical hazards. Tyson Foods has 15 days to contest the findings.

Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson told MEATPOULTRY.com: “While none of the citations involved any worker injury or illness, we have many questions about the claims being made. Workplace safety is an important part of our company’s culture and is very important to us at Lexington. Our efforts include teaching plant safety, enforcing safety policies and involving our workers in plant safety committees. We look forward to meeting with OSHA officials next month to discuss our questions and, we hope, resolve them.”
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