Citations issued include one serious, one repeat and one other-than-serious violation. The serious and repeat violations are directly related to the amputation. The serious citation is for failing to ensure that lockout/tagout devices were used by authorized employees to de-energize a machine. The repeat citation is similar to a citation issued in June 2009 for this company's alleged failure to ensure affected employees were instructed on lockout/tagout energy control procedures. The other-than-serious citation is for failing to properly record injuries and illnesses.
Fremont Beef Co. faces $45,500 in proposed penalties and has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director in Omaha or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Les Leech, Fremont Beef Co. president, said the company is asking OSHA for an informal meeting to discuss the citations against his company, which employs 265 people.