Willmar-based Jennie-O Turkey Stores faces 11 safety violations after a machine at its Barron, Wisc., slaughterhouse cut off an employee’s arm.
The worker was cleaning in a confined space when a conveyor that carries turkey carcasses was accidentally activated, catching his arm and amputating it below the shoulder. Because the worker was alone at the time of the accident, he had to walk down a set of steps and 200 feet across a production floor to get help.
OSHA investigators charged Jennie-O with four willful violations and seven serious violations. Fines for all charges total $318,000.
Jennie-O’s Wisconsin plant has been cited for safety violations 12 times since 2004.
Note: To help avoid tragedies like this, employers should institute aggressive safety measures and promptly respond to any safety concerns raised by government officials.