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OSHA fines food processing company $156,700 for health, safety violations

June 07, 2012
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined an Arkansas food processing plant’s owner $156,700 for alleged health and safety violations.

OSHA cited Mountain Lakes, N.J.-based Pinnacle Foods Group LLC for 27 serious safety and health violations at the company''s Fayetteville, Ark., facility, including exposing employees to inhaling ammonia, among other workplace hazards.

Investigators found that Pinnacle Foods Group failed to follow OSHA''s process safety management regulations at the company''s Fayetteville facility, where about 500 employees process fresh and frozen seafood.

"This company has seriously jeopardized the safety and health of its employees," said Carlos Reynolds, OSHA''s area director in Little Rock. "Following OSHA''s standards can prevent serious injuries and illnesses on the job, and employers are responsible for compliance."

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