Processing Magazine

Tyson Fined for Safety Violations

June 15, 2011

Zacks reports, the feed mill of Tyson Foods Inc. at Nashville, Ark., has been fined a sum of $70,000 for “willful” safety violations by The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”). The violation led to a fatality and the company has to pay the penalty by June 22 or prove its innocence. Forty-eight year old Johnny Needham was killed during the early hours on December 9 when a grain silo collapsed, trapping him beneath several tons of grain and concrete. As reported by The Texarkana Gazette, the federal agency had cited on June 1, 2011 that the collapsed grain silo was "structurally unsound." The report was released on Friday, June 10, 2011. It also accused Tyson of violating federal laws that makes it mandatory to keep workplaces free from any potential hazard. A second silo was razed by the company in January, and the report certified that workplace safety issues identified by OSHA were corrected during inspection. In June 2001, OSHA and Tyson Foods had signed a partnership agreement aimed at rendering proper worker safety and improving health conditions at two of the poultry processor''s facilities in Clarksville, AR and in Monett, MO. OSHA will conduct a baseline evaluation at each site and list the compliance issues that need to be solved, along with recommended areas for improvement. On March 30, 2011 the company had been meted out a penalty charge of $45,000 on account of ten safety violations in its plant at Jefferson. Out of them nine were serious violations and only one was other-than-serious.