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OSHA fines poultry processor $187,100 for safety violations

March 28, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Ga. — The Occupational Health & Safety Administration has cited poultry processor KD Acquisition I LLC, doing business as Coleman Natural Foods, with 11 safety violations.

OSHA''s Atlanta-East Area Office opened an inspection at the KD4 processing plant in Gainesville, Ga., after receiving a complaint in September about safety hazards. Proposed penalties total $187,100.

Two repeat violations, each carrying a $70,000 fine, include allowing untrained workers to assist with and perform conveyor belt adjustments and operate the conveyor belt system without machine guards that would protect workers from rotating parts, flying chips and sparks.

Eight serious violations, with penalties of $47,100, involve failing to provide adequate safety protection to workers exposed to anhydrous ammonia, train workers handling hazardous materials, provide written lockout/tagout procedures to shut down the energy sources of equipment, conduct an annual inspection of procedures to verify accuracy and perform complete lockout/tagout procedures when servicing or maintaining equipment.

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