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Region 10 News Release: 14-824-SEA (SF-42)
June 3, 2014
Contact: Jose A. Carnevali
Phone: 415-625-2631
Email: carnevali.jose@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Anderson Farms after worker fatally
injured at cattle feed mixing facility

BOISE, Idaho – After becoming entangled in mixing equipment used for cattle feed, an Anderson Farms employee died from mass trauma in Heyburn on Feb. 11, 2014. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated the facility after the incident and found five safety violations, including three serious.

"This terrible tragedy sadly demonstrates that a worker's life can be lost in an instant because of an employer's failure to implement required safety measures," said David Kearns, area director of OSHA's Boise office. "There are easy safeguards to ensure that workers do not get caught in live machines during servicing and maintenance, and employers have the responsibility to take protective steps."

OSHA's Boise Area Office cited Anderson Farms for three serious violations for failure to establish a lockout/tagout program* and procedures to protect workers from moving machine parts during servicing and maintenance activities. The employer failed to provide hardware, such as locks, to prevent the unexpected or sudden start-up of equipment during these activities. Other violations relate to failure to follow permit-required confined space entry regulations. An OSHA violation is serious if death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard an employer knew or should have known exists.

Two other-than-serious violations were cited including the company's failure to report the death of a worker and to keep an OSHA injury and illness log. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job