Tyson Foods Faces Fines in Worker’s Death

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 @ 02:08 PM gHale

Tyson Foods is facing $104,000 in fines for safety violations at a Nebraska beef plant where a worker suffered fatal injuries, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA said Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson faces seven safety and health violations at its Dakota City plant.

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Rodney Bridgett, 37, suffered injuries March 14 when a piece of equipment he was working on collapsed on him, officials said. The company said the slaughter and processing plant was not in operation at the time.

Tyson’s options include complying with the citations’ provisions, seeking an informal conference with OSHA’s area director in Omaha, or contesting the citations to an OSHA review commission.

Tyson Public Relations Manager Worth Sparkman said the company hasn’t decided which course it will take.

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