The US Department of Labor has once more discovered that Case Farms Processing is subjecting employees to various dangers at its chicken processing facility in Ohio.

OSHA Finds Repeat Violations at Winesburg Chicken Processing Plant

A recent inspection by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at Case Farms Processing Inc. in Winesburg, Ohio has revealed multiple safety hazards and violations. This is not the first time the plant has been cited for such violations, as it has a long history of non-compliance with federal safety regulations.

On August 7, 2023, OSHA inspectors opened a follow-up inspection at the facility under the agency’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program. They found machine guarding and trip-and-fall hazards in the live-hang department that were similar to violations cited in a previous case. As a result, OSHA has cited the company for three repeat, seven serious, and four other-than-serious violations.

These violations include not using required lockout/tagout procedures, failure to train workers in these procedures, lack of machine guarding to protect workers from contact with operating machine parts, and exposing workers to fall and electrical hazards. The proposed penalties for these violations total $393,449.

Larry Johnson, OSHA’s Area Director in Columbus, Ohio, expressed grave concern about the safety of workers at this facility. He stated, “Case Farms Processing again violated federal safety regulations to protect workers on the job. Returning to a facility to find similar violations identified in previous inspections makes OSHA gravely concerned about worker safety at this facility.”

The majority of the workers at this facility have limited English proficiency, making them particularly vulnerable to life-altering injuries. Since 1988, OSHA has cited Case Farms 70 times at its facilities in North Carolina and Ohio, resulting in approximately 450 violations. These violations have mostly been related to machine guarding, lockout/tagout procedures, fall and electrical hazards, and processing safety management.

Case Farms, headquartered in Troutman, North Carolina, employs 3,500 workers nationwide and 576 employees at the Winesburg, Ohio facility. This facility processes approximately 140,000 chickens daily. The company has 15 business days to comply with the citations and penalties, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

To learn more about OSHA and lockout/tagout procedures, visit their website. It is crucial for companies like Case Farms to prioritize the safety of their workers and comply with federal safety regulations to prevent future violations and protect their employees.  

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