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Major meat processor faces large fines for chemical exposure

When Greensboro residents make grocery purchases, they expect the food to be safe for themselves and their loved ones. At the same time, people may not immediately think about the safety of the workers who processed and packaged their food. One national chicken processing and distribution company is up against a series of workplace safety violations for exposing their employees to serious injury or illness.

Pilgrim's Pride, which has a plant in North Carolina, was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for putting workers at risk of being exposed to toxic chemicals. The worst part of the situation is that the company was fined for repeat violations after failing to improve processes and policies to protect workers' health.

According to reports from OSHA, the food-processing company failed to conduct regular tests and follow procedures designed to limit the risk of toxic exposure in one of their plants. Implementing proper safety measures reduces the risks of highly "reactive," toxic chemicals from seriously or fatally injuring employees.

The company has 15 days to pay $99,000 in fines or contest the claims. For the sake of the employees and their loves ones, the hope is that the food processor will take steps to improve safety practices within all of their facilities. Those who spend their days working with potentially-dangerous chemicals deserve to have assurance that their employers are taking following critical safety mandates.

When a person sustains a workplace injury, regardless of whether the incident occurred due to a safety violation, they may be eligible for workers' compensation. Even in situations where such compensation is clearly in line, employers may contest the claims. In this situation, employees should become aware of their rights and determine the steps to receive the financial support they need while recovering from their injuries.

Source: KTRE News, "OSHA cites Lufkin Pilgrim's Pride with 'serious' violations," Dec. 11, 2012

  • Our firm has experience helping injured North Carolina workers obtain the compensation to which they're entitled. To learn more, please visit our Greensboro workplace injury page.

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