OSHA charges Pilgrim's Pride plant with six safety violations
July 15, 2011
by Meat&Poultry Staff
ENTERPRISE, Ala. – Pilgrim's Pride Corp.’s facility in Enterprise, Ala., has been cited by the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for six safety violations following a March inspection. Penalties total $85,800.
Two repeat violations with $77,000 in penalties include allegedly allowing excessive accumulation of grain dust where a housekeeping program exists but is not followed or maintained, and allegedly allowing electrical components such as motors, outlets, drop lights and controller equipment to be subject to the accumulation of combustible dust.
A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation within the last five years. The company was cited for both of these violations in August 2009 at its Gainesville, Ga., facility.
Two serious violations with $6,600 in penalties include allowing a junction box to be uncovered and exposing workers to fall hazards by not having guardrails on fixed stairs. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
Two other-than-serious violations totaling $2,200 were cited for not recording all required information about workplace injuries in the OSHA 300 logs for 2008 and 2009. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.
Pilgrim’s Pride, which produces chicken feed at its Enterprise facility, has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request a conference with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.