OSHA fines JBS Foods $ 58,000 after fatal machine crash
The protein company JBS Foods Inc. faces a fine of $ 58,709 and a number of citations for safety risks from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the US Department of the United States. Work after an investigation into a fatal machine-related incident at company facilities in Greeley, CO in March.
A worker died after his head was hit by a piece of a machine at the Greeley plant on March 27, a union spokesperson representing some of the facility’s staff told agencies. local press following the incident. JBS operates the facility under the name Swift Beef Co.
The employee was installing a paddle wheel that was used to churn chemicals used in treating animal skins when the injury occurred. An OSHA investigation found that the company had not properly secured the paddle wheel. After the paddle wheel, cart and hoist used to lift it fell on the worker, they fell into an oval tank containing chemicals.
“Injuries are all too common for workers in the meat processing industry, but most are preventable when required safety and health regulations are followed,” said Amanda Kupper, OSHA zone manager in Denver. “At the height of the pandemic, workers in the food processing industry helped feed our nation and keep our economy moving. The employees of this facility deserve better than to fear for their lives and safety when they come to work.
OSHA cited JBS Foods for eight serious violations related to the unsafe lifting process, hazardous chemicals, and training violations. The agency’s investigation and citations come after several other workplace safety incidents occurred at the Greeley site. One worker’s arm was amputated after being pulled into a treadmill, one worker suffered lacerations while removing skin, and another worker was exposed to thermal burn hazards.