An investigation conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on a meat processing plant in Augusta uncovers more than a dozen safety hazards.
The inspection was conducted after a worker was severely injured in December 2015. The 36-year-old victim was cutting meat when a hydraulic saw lacerated his abdomen. ISHA’s investigation found that the saw’s safety cut-off switches were not functioning properly.
The agency cited the company, FPL Food LLC for exposing workers to falls on platforms without rails, electric shock from improper wiring; and amputations from unguarded cutting blades. It was also revealed that the company failed to provide a fully functional eyewash station for workers handling leaking batteries. They also failed to train workers on the specific procedures to prevent machinery from starting up during maintenance and servicing.
OSHA has proposed penalties of $67,270.
“The results of this investigation clearly indicate that FPL Food’s safety and health management plan is ineffective and not being enforced,” said William Fulcher, OSHA’s area director in the Atlanta-East Office.
“Management must make worker safety its top priority and be engaged in enforcing it.”