OSHA fines Acadian Fine Foods
by Meat&Poultry Staff
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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.