OSHA fines Acadian Fine Foods

by Meat&Poultry Staff
Share This:
Search for similar articles by keyword: [Labor]
CHURCH POINT, La. – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined Acadian Fine Foods, LLC, Church Point, La., $121,660 for exposing workers to dangerous levels of carbon dioxide (not carbon monoxide) and other hazards.

OSHA issued the citations following a referral inspection that began in December 2013. A health referral was made based on employees being exposed to unsafe levels of carbon dioxide, according to the agency.

The inspection uncovered 14 serious violations with a fine of $72,380. Violations included failing to guard moving machine parts, conduct annual inspections of lockout/tagout procedures; properly identify respiratory hazards at the plant; include safety data sheets for carbon dioxide, sanitizer and boiler water treatment; and provide personal protective equipment.

OSHA issued a citation for one willful violation with a fine of $38,500 for exposing workers to life-threatening levels of carbon dioxide. The agency said the company failed to implement proper controls to reduce carbon dioxide levels in the plant and provide workers with adequate respiratory protection.

The company also received a citation for one repeat violation with a penalty of $10,780 for failing to ensure an electrical panel box was enclosed, exposing workers to live electrical wires.

Acadian Fine Foods employs 29 workers at its Church Point processing plant.
Comment on this Article
We welcome your thoughtful comments. Please comply with our Community rules.



The views expressed in the comments section of Meat and Poultry News do not reflect those of Meat and Poultry News or its parent company, Sosland Publishing Co., Kansas City, Mo. Concern regarding a specific comment may be registered with the Editor by clicking the Report Abuse link.