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Region 7 News Release: 11-1038-KAN
July 12, 2011
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
Phone: 303-844-1302
Email: Kulczewski.Richard@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Tyson Foods in Nebraska
for process safety management deficiencies, other hazards

OMAHA, Neb. – Tyson Foods Inc. in Dakota City has been cited for one repeat and nine serious violations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. These violations, carrying proposed penalties of $71,500, were cited following combined safety and health inspections at the facility.

OSHA's inspections of the red meat producer were initiated in May 2011 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 dangers 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, OSHA'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 provide a safe and healthful workplace for employees."

Six of the serious violations involve failing to ensure fixed ladders were maintained in a safe condition; ensure personal protective equipment was worn where necessary; inspect lockout/tagout energy control procedures on an annual basis in the manner prescribed by the standard; maintain electrical installations in a safe condition; provide strain relief for electrical cords; and store incompatible chemicals in separate areas. The remaining three serious violations relate directly to the PSM, including failing to ensure that in