Tyson Foods’ deli meat plant in Buffalo is facing $121,700 in fines from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration for a series of alleged safety violations at its Perry Street facility.
Roughly half of the proposed fines stem from repeat violations of safety standards, including a pair of 9-inch holes on the plant’s roof and condenser platforms, along with failing to document that refrigeration equipment complied with accepted engineering practices, OSHA said.
The other half of the proposed fine stemmed from 11 violations that OSHA deemed to be serious. Those citations involved failing to guard skylights and roof hatchways and failing to include guards on a meat press. The company also was cited for not providing workers protective equipment when using energized equipment and for deficiencies in the plant’s safety management program for its refrigeration system, which uses large amounts of ammonia.
“These new and recurring hazards exposed the plant’s workers to falls, electrocution, burns, being caught in unexpectedly activated machinery and ammonia,” said Art Dube, OSHA’s area director in Buffalo. “Tyson Foods needs to address these hazards quickly, effectively and completely, so they do not occur again.”
A Tyson spokesman did not respond to a request to comment.
The company has 15 business days to respond to the citations and the proposed penalties, which in many cases stem from a May 16 inspection by OSHA.