Lack of Temp Training at IL Processing Plant

Monday, October 5, 2015 @ 05:10 PM gHale

Stampede Meat Inc. of Bridgeview, IL, is facing $45,500 in fines for one repeat and one serious safety violation, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA initiated an inspection of the Bridgeview meat processing facility April 30 after receiving a complaint of unsafe working conditions. The inspection resulted in OSHA issuing one repeated and one serious safety violation to Stampede Meat.

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The repeated violation is for failing to provide training to new employees, including temporary workers, about hazardous chemicals, such as refrigerant ammonia in use in the facility. The company faced a similar citation in 2011. A serious violation cited the company for failing to train workers on emergency action plan procedures. Such plans are mandatory when hazardous materials are in use.

“Stampede Meat has a responsibility to train its workforce about the chemical hazards they work with every day,” said Kathy Webb, OSHA’s area director in Calumet City. “The company needs to evaluate its safety and health programs and make immediate improvements to protect workers on the job.”