The U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited JBS Green Bay Inc., a subsidiary of JBS USA, for four repeat violations, four serious violations and two “other-than-serious” violations, and proposed more than $227,000 in penalties for the infractions.
Inspectors were responding to an investigation of a December 2022 employee injury, in which a worker suffered crush injuries to his right index and middle fingers while removing a shackle from a cow on a trolley line. The injury resulted in the employee having both fingers amputated.
During the investigation, however, inspectors found multiple worker safety hazards at the plant, including inadequate machine guarding to prevent pinch points along the trolley line, according to a release from the Department of Labor. Other infractions were related to lockout/tagout, fall and electrical hazards, and hazard communication.
JBS has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings.