The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Tyson Foods Inc. for seven safety violations and proposed fines of over 104-thousand dollars at the company's Dakota City beef processing plant.
OSHA"s penalties follow an inspection of the facility after a mechanic was fatally injured there on March 14. 37 year old Rodney Bridgett was performing maintenance work beneath a piece of equipment that had been elevated by a chain, but the chain failed and the equipment crushed the mechanic.
A willful violation was cited for ineffective periodic safety equipment inspections. Tyson was also cited for 5 serious violations including failing to provide protective equipment for working with chemicals and one other violation for failing to have a competent person certify the hazard assessment.
A statement from Tyson spokesman Worth Sparkman says they are reviewing the citations and will work cooperatively with OSHA to resolve the agency's concerns. Sparkman says the safety of their people is very important and they want to make sure accidents like this are prevented in the future.