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Violation Detail

Standard Cited: 5A0001 OSH Act General Duty Paragraph

Violation Items

Nr: 300572898 Citation: 01001 Issuance: 01/30/1997 ReportingID: 0627400

Viol Type:Serious NrInstances:1 Contest Date:
Abatement Date:08/01/1997 X Nr Exposed:2 Final Order:
Initial Penalty: $5,000.00 REC: Emphasis:
Current Penalty: $3,750.00 Gravity:10 Haz Category:STRUCK BY

Penalty and Failure to Abate Event History
Type Event Date Penalty Abatement Type FTA Insp
Penalty Z: Issued 01/30/1997 $5,000.00 03/19/1997 Serious  
Penalty I: Informal Settlement 02/18/1997 $3,750.00 08/01/1997 Serious  

Text For Citation: 01 Item/Group: 001 Hazard: STRUCK BY

Section 5(A)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970: The employer did not furnish employment and a place of employment which were free from recognized hazards that were causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees in that employees were exposed to being injured by cattle being herded to the kill chute: Monfort Beef, Inc., Cactus, Texas, Cattle Pen #6, west side of the plant. On or about November 14, 1996, an employee was working in the cattle pens and was struck by a heifer. He was knocked to the ground and sustained injuries to his head. The heifer left the group of cattle being held at the rear of Pen #6. Another group was being herded toward the kill chute. Two employees were standing/walking between the groups. The employees were watching and herding the group ahead of them and not the ones at the rear. This condition exposed employees to injury due to the unpredictable behavior of the cattle. One feasible and accepted method of abatement would be to add catwalks and circle to the area of pen #6 in order to keep employees out of the pen as they herd cattle to the kill chute.

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