OSHA Cites Major Food Producer After Workplace Injuries
The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has cited Koch Foods of Mississippi for several safety violations at the company’s production facility in Morton, Mississippi.
The agency reportedly investigated the Koch Foods poultry processing plant after two workers suffered injuries this past spring. It also coincided with OSHA’s Regional Emphasis Program for Poultry Processing Facilities. As a result of the actions taken, the company will need to pay a $88,632 fine.
Company allegedly did not maintain safety standards
According to OSHA, Koch Foods was cited for a failure to ensure proper procedures were followed to prevent equipment from starting up while being serviced and a failure to protect workers from falls of 18 feet. The company also allegedly did not provide adequate safety rails on stairways and did not take proper steps to prevent employees from experiencing electric shock.
Reports show that an employee seriously cut his finger after his glove was caught in a conveyor back in March. Another worker broke two fingers on a rotating shaft after she tried to unjam gizzards inside of a chiller.
All employers are required by law to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of their workers, and they must remain in compliance with state and federal safety regulations. A failure to do so means they risk serious accidents, which could cause serious injuries or death for employees.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a workplace accident, reach out to a skilled Atlanta personal injury attorney at McMenamy Law LLC to learn more about your options.