Worker Safety


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Worker Safety

OSHA Penalizes Hanover Foods for Centre Hall, Pennsylvania, Plant Safety Violations

April 25, 2024
More than 70 violations were observed, and the administration has assessed more than $761,000 in penalties to the vegetable and snacks processor.
Worker Safety

Sanger, California, Poultry Plant Worker Killed — Second Fatality There in 8 Months

Feb. 23, 2024
Pitman Family Farms employee Jose Abrego is the second person to die in a workplace incident at the embattled Sanger processing plant in less than a year.
Legal Issues

Dept. of Labor Alleges Use of Illegal Child Labor by Another Third-Party Sanitation Provider

Feb. 22, 2024
Fayette Janitorial Service LLC provides contract sanitation to meat and poultry plants in some 30 states and is the latest company under investigation for allegedly employing ...
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Worker Safety

Ruiz Foods Opens On-Site Health Center at Dinuba, California, Plant

Feb. 22, 2024
The new health center is the third such facility the company has opened over the last several months at its plants across the country.
Worker Safety

Case Farms Aggressively Defends Winesburg Facility Against OSHA Claims

Feb. 9, 2024
Chicken processor disagrees that the plant, which was renovated and expanded just three years ago, does not contain the proper machine guarding, or that the company falls short...
Worker Safety

OSHA Proposes Nearly $400k in Penalties for Case Farms Winesburg, Ohio, Plant

Feb. 9, 2024
Troutman, N.C.-based chicken processor cited for lockout/tagout, machine guarding, fall and electrical hazards at Ohio plant.
Worker Safety

Mar-Jac Poultry Faces More Than $212k in Penalties for 16-Year-Old Worker’s Death

Jan. 17, 2024
Teenage sanitation worker was killed at the Hattiesburg plant in July 2023, after being caught in equipment that had not been locked/tagged out during cleaning.
Worker Safety

Blizzard Conditions Strand Workers at Meat Plants in Western Kansas

Jan. 9, 2024
Local news reports say workers were unable to leave Tyson and Cargill plants late Monday as a winter storm caused roads out of the facilities to be blocked and hazardous.
Worker Safety

Chemical Safety Board Fixes Blame for 2021 Nitrogen Fatalities

Dec. 12, 2023
A bent bubbler tube on a freezer released gas that killed six workers at Foundation Food Group’s Gainesville, Ga., plant.
Animal Proteins

16-Year-Old Sanitation Worker Dies in Accident at Mar-Jac Poultry Hattiesburg Plant

July 18, 2023
Details on the cause of death of the teenager and the circumstances surrounding the accident are still pending.
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Worker Safety

Injury and Illness Reporting Requirements to Increase Under New Dept. of Labor Rule

July 18, 2023
Establishments with 100 or more employees will need to submit two additional sets of information annually to OSHA starting in 2024.
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"Courtroom One Gavel"
Legal Issues

Monogram Foods Agrees to Step Up Compliance with Child Labor Laws

July 10, 2023
After two teenagers were found working in the company’s Chandler, Minn, meat snacks plant, the company will pay a fine and take steps to ensure future compliance.
Plant Safety

JBS Louisville Pork Plant Reports Ammonia Leak; No Injuries Reported

June 28, 2023
Company investigating the cause of the incident that forced evacuation of the facility.