WASHINGTON- The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Seaboard Foods LLC for a serious health violation.

The agency said the company could face $27,306 in fines following a six-month inspection of its Guymon, Okla., pork processing plant. The citation comes from exposing workers to ergonomic hazards associated with repetitive motion and lifting. 

“Repetitive motion and overexertion can leave workers with chronic and life-changing medical conditions,” said Steven A. Kirby OSHA Area Director in Oklahoma City. “Employers who implement required workplace safety measures, track injuries and identify needed improvements can protect workers from suffering painful, debilitating injuries. We encourage workers to contact us to understand their rights and urge employers to learn how to prevent musculoskeletal disorders.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2019 that these types of injures accounted for nearly one-third of all worker injuries and cases. 

Seaboard released a statement following the citation.

“Seaboard Foods cooperated fully with the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection at our Guymon, OK, pork processing plant and we are aware of the citations,” said David Eaheart, senior director of communications and brand marketing at Seaboard Foods. “Our employees’ safety is always a top priority. Safety is a guiding principle for decisions we make as a company and programs we put in place. We will continue to cooperate with OSHA to resolve the citations.”

Seaboard can request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission or comply within 15 business days.