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Region 7 News Release: 11-534-KAN
April 18, 2011
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
Phone: 303-844-1302
Email: Kulczewski.Richard@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Tyson Fresh Meats in Nebraska
for process safety management deficiencies and other hazards

OMAHA, Neb. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Tyson Fresh Meats in Lexington for one repeat and seven serious violations following combined safety and health inspections at the facility. Proposed penalties total $66,000.

OSHA's inspections of Tyson Fresh Meats, a red meat producer, were initiated in January under the agency's Site-Specific Targeting Program for industries with high occupational injury and illness rates, and its Process Safety Management Covered Chemical Facilities National Emphasis Program. OSHA's PSM standard emphasizes the management of hazards associated with highly hazardous chemicals and establishes a comprehensive management program that integrates technologies, procedures and management practices.

"OSHA has a stringent PSM standard," said Charles E. Adkins, the agency's regional administrator in Kansas City, Mo. "It is imperative that employers rigorously update and properly maintain each element of the process to minimize hazards, and that they provide an overall safe and healthful workplace for employees."

Four serious citations are for failing to guard a rotating shaft, using compressed air for cleaning at over 30 pounds per square inch, failing to cover an electrical fitting and failing to determine the concentration of carbon dioxide, a respiratory hazard. Three additional serious citations relate directly to the PSM: Mechanical integrity inspections of system relief valves were not made as frequently as established, either by the company or recognized and generally a