Region 7 News Release: 11-459-KAN
April 6, 2011
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Fremont Beef in
Nebraska with safety violations following amputation
OMAHA, Neb. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited manufacturer Fremont Beef Co. in Fremont following a safety inspection at the facility, which was initiated in February in response to a report of an amputation. Citations cover one serious, one repeat and one other-than-serious violation. The serious and repeat violations are directly related to the amputation.
"It is the responsibility of every employer to provide a safe and healthful workplace for employees," said Charles E. Adkins, OSHA's regional administrator in Kansas City, Mo. "Employers must make safety priority number one and take all necessary steps to eliminate hazards from the workplace."
The serious citation is for failing to ensure that lockout/tagout devices were used by authorized employees to de-energize a machine. 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.
The repeat citation is similar to a citation issued in June 2009 for this company's failure to ensure affected employees were instructed on lockout/tagout energy control procedures. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.
The other-than-serious citation is for failing to properly record injuries and illnesses. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.
The company faces $45,500 in proposed penalties and has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director in Omaha or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The inspection was conducted by OSHA's Omaha Area Office, which can be reached at 402-553-0174. To report workplace incidents, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, call the agency's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742).
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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