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Cargill Meat Solutions Fined over Hazardous Practices

22 November 2012

US – The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is to fine Cargill Meat Solutions $114,000 over three safety violations for failing to protect workers from unexpected start-up of machines at its Beardstown pork processing facility.

"Cargill has a responsibility to provide training to workers about the hazards that exist in their facilities, and to respond to safety concerns expressed by workers," said Thomas Bielema, OSHA's area director in Peoria.

"OSHA is committed to protecting workers on the job, especially when employers fail to do so."

One violation was directing workers to perform maintenance and servicing on carbon dioxide equipment without first documenting lockout and tagout procedures designed to prevent an unexpected force of energy from the equipment.

One repeat violation was failing to train workers who operate equipment on procedures to properly control hazardous energy.

A similar violation was cited in May 2009 at the company's Nebraska City, Nebraska, plant.

One serious violation was failing to document and certify periodic inspections of lockout procedures for an older model of carbon dioxide equipment.

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