Meat Casing Maker Facing Safety Fine

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 @ 11:09 AM gHale

Meat-casing manufacturer, Viscofan USA Inc., is facing $86,225 in fines for one repeated and one serious safety violation at is Danville, IL, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Viscofan USA in based in Lisle, IL. Viscofan is a producer and distributor of artificial casings for the meat industry. The company also operates casing manufacturing sites in Brazil, Czech Republic, Germany, Mexico, Serbia and Spain.

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Investigating reports of unsafe working conditions, the agency’s May investigation found Viscofan:
• Exposed workers to slip, trip and fall hazards as they walked in aisles and on top of equipment due to the accumulation of water. OSHA cited the company for this hazard in September of 2015 and November of 2014 at the same facility.
• Did not mount, locate and identify portable fire extinguishers — leaving them not readily available in an emergency — potentially exposing workers to smoke inhalation, burns and other injuries.

“Viscofan USA is well aware of OSHA’s safety standards and the need to control, slip, trip and fall hazards that put workers at risk for serious injury,” said Thomas Bielema, OSHA’s area director in Peoria, IL. “The company needs to make permanent changes to its safety program and ensure hazards are identified quickly and prompt correction of unsafe working conditions.”