Repeat Safety Violations at Processing Plant

Monday, July 7, 2014 @ 05:07 PM gHale


After a follow-up inspection that began in December, Birdsboro Kosher Farms Corp. is now facing $59,400 in fines for failing to correct previously cited serious safety violations found at the kosher poultry processing facility in Birdsboro, PA, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

“The safety of all workers, including vulnerable, non-English speaking Latinos employed at the Birdsboro facility, continues to be jeopardized by this company’s repeated failure to correct these hazards,” said Kevin Kilp, director of OSHA’s Harrisburg Area Office. “It is imperative that this employer complete the necessary actions to address these unsafe conditions to ensure a safe and healthy workplace.”

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OSHA’s inspection found four repeat, three serious and one other-than-serious safety violation.

The repeat violations involve the company’s failure to develop machine-specific procedures for preventing a machine from turning on during servicing; provide machine guarding; guard live electrical parts; and provide personal protective equipment for the eyes and face for employees exposed to electrical hazards. The repeat violations carry a $39,600 penalty.

A repeat violation occurs when an employer faced previous citations for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.

The serious violations, with an $18,810 penalty, were for failing to provide training to employees on safe maintenance of machines. The company received citations for not having a hearing conservation program to protect employees from hearing loss.

A serious violation is one in which there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

Carrying a $990 penalty, the company received an additional violation for failing to keep required records.

Birdsboro Kosher Farms Corp. started up in late 2012 and is a successor company to MVP Kosher Foods LLC.



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