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Dec. 17, 2014

 

Worker fatally struck by car at meat processing plant in San Antonio
Surlean Foods cited for 9 safety violations, including exposure to amputation hazards

SAN ANTONIO – Raul Saucedo, who had not been provided with high-visibility clothing* by his employer, was fatally struck by a car while cleaning outside the Surlean Foods facility, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has found. A subsequent OSHA inspection on June 30, 2014, determined that the San Antonio-based custom meat and packing processor also exposed workers to amputation hazards by failing to guard rotating industrial machine parts and implement a written Process Safety Management system for chemical exposures.

"When working in low light near moving vehicles, employees must be provided with high-visibility clothing," said Alejandro Porter, OSHA's acting area director in San Antonio. "Surlean Foods must find and fix hazards that could expose workers to needless injuries or death."

OSHA issued nine serious safety and health citations to Surlean Foods for PSM system violations after the company used improper procedures for chlorine and anhydrous ammonia, widely used as a refrigerant in industrial facilities. PSM has process and equipment requirements and procedures employers follow to address chemical hazards proactively.

OSHA also cited Surlean Foods for failure to implement a written PSM with key provisions, including employee participation, equipment inspection requirements, proper plan management and development of an emergency action plan. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

Surlean Foods received a $52,000 fine. The company employs approximately 330 workers at its San Antonio facility and has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, request a conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint or report workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or the agency's San Antonio Area Office at 210-454-5040.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

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Juan Rodriguez, 972-850-4709, rodriguez.juan@dol.gov

Release Number: 14-2197-DAL


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