News Release USDL: 97-133
Thursday April 17, 1997
Contact: Tom Smith, (202) 219-8211
Atlanta Poultry Processor Agrees To Make Safety Improvements,
Pay $608,000 In Penalties For OSHA Violations
Cagle's, Inc., Provides Commitment From Top Management
Cagle's, Inc., an Atlanta-based poultry processor, has
agreed to make significant improvements in safety at its Macon,
Ga., facility and pay $608,000 in penalties in a settlement of
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
"Top management is making a commitment to hire additional
personnel to conduct safety training both at Macon and on a
corporate-wide basis," said Cynthia Metzler, acting Secretary of
Labor. "The settlement agreement furthers the efforts of both
OSHA and Cagle's to provide safe workplaces and avoids the burden
of prolonged litigation."
Cagle's also will furnish OSHA with the results of monthly
inspections of the energy control procedures (lockout/tagout)
necessary to avoid any future injuries to employees at Macon.
The agreement was signed April 15 by Ray Finney, area
director of OSHA's Atlanta East area office, and Jerry Gattis,
president and chief operating office of Cagle's.
Cagle's was cited by OSHA on March 25 for numerous alleged
willful and serious safety violations at the Macon facility
following a series of accidents that caused three workers to
suffer amputations. The total proposed penalties amounted to
$1.2 million Penalties were reduced because of the substantial
hazard abatement program the company agreed to implement.
Inspectors found that Cagle's failed to use required
procedures to ensure that hazardous machinery was turned off and
remained inoperative, or "locked out" during any repair,
maintenance or servicing work.
In addition to paying a penalty of $608,000, Cagle's agreed
to begin the monthly inspection of lockout/tagout procedures no
later than June 2, 1997; to hire a full-time safety training
coordinator at the Macon plant; to hire a corporate safety
training specialist and to contract with a safety consultant, who
will provide guidance on lockout/tagout training and