OSHA fines chicken processing company for safety violations at Ohio plant

MarketsAssociated Press

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined the owners of a northeast Ohio chicken processing plant $861,000 for what the agency says are safety violations that expose workers to the risk of amputation, electrocution and falls.

OSHA says in a statement Thursday that an investigation found numerous hazards at a processing plant in Winesburg owned by North Carolina-based Case Farms Processing Inc. The statement says the plant is an "outrageously dangerous place to work" and that a company plant in nearby Canton also is being investigated. OSHA says Case was aware of dangers in Winesburg but continued to expose workers to harm.

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Case, whose headquarters are in Troutman, North Carolina, says it's reviewing the allegations and will work with OSHA. A spokeswoman says the plant has surpassed 900,000 employee hours without a lost-time injury.