Cargill cited following complaint and OSHA inspection

The U.S. Department of Laborâ??s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. with three safety violations.

The department said the company failed to protect workers from unexpected start-up of machines at its Beardstown pork processing facility.

The company faces fines up to $114,000. OSHA initiated an inspection upon receiving a complaint alleging hazards.

â??Cargill has a responsibility to provide training to workers about the hazards that exist in their facilities, and to respond to safety concerns expressed by workers,â?? Thomas Bielema, OSHAâ??s area director in Peoria said. â??OSHA is committed to protecting workers on the job, especially when employers fail to do so.â??

One willful violation is directing workers to perform maintenance and servicing on carbon dioxide equipment without first documenting lockout and tagout procedures designed to prevent unexpected energization. OSHA defines a willful violation is one committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the lawâ??s requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

One repeat violation is failing to train workers who operate equipment on procedures to properly control hazardous energy. 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. A similar violation was cited in May 2009 at the companyâ??s Nebraska City, Neb., facility.

One serious violation is failing to document and certify periodic inspections of lockout procedures for an older model of carbon dioxide equipment. 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.

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