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OSHA Penalizes Meat Processing Plant

Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers discuss OSHA penalizing the meat processing plant where a woman was fatally injured.The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) assessed fines totaling more than $49,000 against a meat processing plant, which was the site of a fatal workplace accident. The victim, a 35-year old worker at the plant, was standing on the stairs near the top of an open meat grinder when she either fell or was pulled into the machine. The coroner investigating her death said she died instantly.

After the accident, OSHA determined that the company was in violation of safety standards because the mixer/grinder was operating with the lid open and operators were exposed to rotating mixer paddles. OSHA found other violations as well that were not directly related to this heavy equipment accident, including the following:

  • Unguarded rotating mixer blades on other machines
  • Failure to identify to workers various hazards that require the use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Failure to provide appropriate eye and face protection, including an eyewash station
  • Failure to provide adequate training to forklift drivers
  • Violations related to electric panel boxes
  • Lack of a written hazard communication programs for employees

In addition to dangerous equipment, workers in the meat packing industry face several occupational hazards, including slippery floors, high levels of noise, and toxic exposure. Some workers also risk disease when exposed to feces and blood of animals that are slaughtered.

For years, the Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Gross & Kenny, LLP have focused their efforts on representing the interests of workers and advocating for their right to earn a living in safe workplaces. If you or someone you know suffered harm at work, fill out our online form or call us at 267-589-0090 for a free consultation. We serve clients throughout Pennsylvania from our Philadelphia office.