Tyson Foods Receives OSHA Safety Violations

Tyson Foods of Jefferson, Wisconsin received 10 safety violations from OSHA.  While one was a minor violation, nine of the ten were categorized as serious citations.  Tyson was cited following the October 2010 inspection of the plant, during which OSHA inspectors noted a wide variety of violations, which could result in penalties of up to $45,000.

The October 2010 inspection of Tyson found a lack of fall protection, the second most-cited violation of 2010; deficiencies in Tyson’s process safety management program, respiratory protection program and control of hazardous energy lockout/tagout program; a lack of proper maintenance of powered industrial trucks; and failure to conduct a personal protective equipment hazard assessment.

EES was unable to locate any comments from Tyson regarding these citations; however, in a press release on the company’s website from a 2009 accident and ensuing OSHA citation the company said this:

“Safety continues to be of utmost importance to us at Tyson Foods. For years, Tyson Foods has partnered with OSHA to promote worker safety, in both poultry and red meat plants…Tyson Foods has a comprehensive safety and health program which not only complies with OSHA regulations, but in many cases goes above and beyond OSHA’s requirements where the company determines there is a need to protect the health and safety of its team members.”

It appears as if their “comprehensive safety and health program” could use some attention.  We would love to hear your thought on this and other OSHA violations.  What do you think?

To learn more about these violations read OSHA’s press release.

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5 Responses to Tyson Foods Receives OSHA Safety Violations

  1. Enigmausly says:

    A couple things bother me here… and it’s not really Tyson. Not sure I understand the direction the question comes from… not to mention what EES’s role is in this type of hype?
    $45k on an initial OSHA assessment of an operation that size is not really that out of the ordinary, and actually somewhat small in the larger picture. That will be more than likely cut in the upcoming informal conference by about 25 to 30%… the fall protection issue is more than likely a lack of or insufficient guardrail at a specific location (which someone probably complained about hence the compliance inspection), with the rest of the issues revolving around administrative procedures (their programs were probably created for multi site business operations which OSHA has been cracking down on recently). They’ll remedy the guardrail, rewrite the programs to site specific scope related processes, pay about 33 grand for what should have already been done, and you’ll hear no more fuss.
    What was the point of the question?

  2. Thanks so much for reading and commenting on our post! The purpose of the post is to get our clients and others in the industry to think about the implications OSHA violations can have, both fiscally and otherwise. Our goal is to get people thinking about their own OSHA compliance and whether they are truly prepared for a state or federal inspection. While EES has no direct connection to the topic, it is a tangible example of what can happen when OSHA regulations and EHS upkeep gets overlooked.

  3. Makes rethink getting tyson products.

  4. Tapas Dishes says:

     Tyson’s past investment in seafood continued to be problematic.

  5. iso 9000 says:

    Thanks for brining this to light. I’ve noticed that it is better to get quicker changes rather than focusing in on a perfect solution. Much like like the “50% solution 100% implemented is better than a 100% solution that is 0% implemented.” The key is to make sure there are mechanisms put in place to make sure the changes can be easily changed.
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