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Region 5 News Release: 11-1790-CHI
Dec. 29, 2011
Contact: Scott Allen      Rhonda Burke
Phone: 312-353-6976      312-353-6976
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov      burke.rhonda@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA proposes $288,000 in fines to Case Farms
Chicken for 61 violations at Winesburg, Ohio, processing facility

WINESBURG, Ohio – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Case Farms Processing Inc., which operates Case Farms Chicken in Winesburg, for 61 safety and health violations. Violations related to OSHA's process safety management standards allegedly resulted in an ammonia release at the facility on June 30. Proposed fines total $288,000.

"Case Farms Chicken has a legal responsibility to follow established process safety management standards to ensure its workers are properly protected from known workplace safety and health hazards," said Deb Zubaty, OSHA's area director in Columbus. "Failing to ensure protection through appropriate equipment maintenance, training and adherence to OSHA regulations demonstrates a lack of regard for employees' well-being. OSHA is committed to protecting workers, especially when employers fail to do so."

OSHA's safety and health inspections were initiated under the agency's Site-Specific Targeting Program, which focuses enforcement efforts on work sites where the highest rate of injuries and illnesses occur.

Of 26 serious health violations, 19 relate to process safety management standards designed to reduce workers' exposure to hazardous chemicals. Areas of deficiency include process safety information, process hazard analysis, operating procedures, employee training, mechanical integrity, management of change, incident investigation and response to compliance audits. OSHA's standards contain specific requirements for the management of hazards associated with processes