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OSHA cites Pilgrims for ‘preventable’ injuries

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MOOREFIELD, W. Va. —  The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration has found that “preventable safety violations” caused worker injuries at two Pilgrim’s Pride facilities in Moorefield.

As a reult, OSHA cited the company for one repreat and three serious violations. Proposed fines total $46,825.

In less than 60 days, three employees suffered injuries — including one worker who had three fingers amputated. Another workers suffered a fractured arm and another was injured from a fall on a concrete floor.

“Amputations have lasting professional and personal consequences — and these injuries were needless and preventable,” said Prentice Cline, director of OSHA’s Charleston Area Office. “Pilgrim’s Pride must improve its injury and illness prevention program to identify and correct hazards before more worker injuries occur.”

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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