OSHA cites Surlean Foods following worker death

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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SAN ANTONIO – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Surlean Foods for nine safety violations following its investigation into the death of a worker. The company faces a $52,000 fine.

Raul Saucedo died after being hit by a car while cleaning outside the Surlean Foods meat-processing plant. OSHA said Saucedo had not been provided high-visibility clothing. The agency also determined that Surlean exposed workers to amputation hazards by failing to guard rotating industrial machine parts and implement a written Process Safety Management system (PSM) for chemical exposures.

"When working in low light near moving vehicles, employees must be provided with high-visibility clothing," said Alejandro Porter, OSHA's acting area director in San Antonio.

OSHA issued nine serious safety and health citations to Surlean Foods because the company used improper procedures for chlorine and anhydrous ammonia. Additionally, Surlean Foods was cited for failure to implement written PSM with key provisions, including employee participation, equipment inspection requirements, proper plan management and development of an emergency action plan.
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