OSHA fines Pilgrim's $46K

by MEAT+POULTRY Staff
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MOOREFIELD, W.Va. – Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., Greeley, Colo., faces $46,825 in penalties for three worker injuries that occurred in less than 60 days at the company’s poultry processing plant in Moorefield, W. Va. Pilgrim’s is a unit of Sao Paulo, Brazil-based JBS SA.

OSHA said that three investigations in April, May and June uncovered preventable safety violations that caused the workers’ injuries. On April 28, a worker suffered a fractured arm after touching an unguarded machine shaft while operating a conveyor system. On May 12, a worker fell on a concrete floor while refilling a machine with an inadequate step for employee access. And on June 15, a third worker had three fingers amputated when they were caught in a blender while removing poultry from the machine.

OSHA cited Pilgrim’s on Sept. 11 for one repeat and three serious violations.
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