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OSHA fines Poultry Company for Violations

OSHA has penalized a poultry company in Gainesville, GA for repeat safety violations. An OSHA investigation cited Foundation Food Group Inc for 23 safety violations. The company failed to provide adequate safety measures to its workers against exposure to dermal and respiratory hazards associated with anhydrous ammonia. Foundation Food also failed to provide the following:

  • Guard horizontal shafts on conveyors, which exposed workers to caught-in hazards.
  • Provide adequate training and ensure workers used locks to isolate hazardous energy while servicing conveyors.
  • Label electrical breakers, cover unused openings in electrical boxes, and use electrical devices as designed, which exposed workers to electrical-shock hazards.
  • Provide fall protection while working from equipment at heights over 4 feet.
  • Require employees use eye protection while working with compressed air.
  • Provide adequate hearing protection, testing, and training for employees exposed to high levels of noise.
  • Maintain drainage in areas of wet processes, exposing employees to slip hazards.

Earlier this year in January, six workers died at the company’s facility after an uncontrolled release of Liquid Nitrogen. Two months later in March, there was an ammonia leak at the same plant. Although there were no casualties in the second incident. The company has been fined $154,674. It has 15 days to pay the fine or appeal against it in front of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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