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Alabama Food Processing Plant Fined $164K for Hazards

November 26, 2018

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Alabama Food Processing Plant Fined $164K for Hazards

A food processing firm faces $164,997 in fines after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revealed a number of safety hazards at a plant in Alabama.

Southern Classic Food Group LLC’s site in Brundidge, AL was cited by the agency for amputation hazards; neglecting to implement lockout/tagout procedures to control hazardous energy; failing to provide employees training on lockout/tagout practices; not providing personal protective equipment; neglecting to make sure workers isolated energy sources before performing line-breaking work; and failing to put a bloodbourne pathogen program in place. 

An investigation into the company was opened after a worker received serious burn injuries while working with hot water under pressure at the Brundidge plant. Another worker had the tip of their finger amputated at the facility six days later. 

The firm has 15 business days after receiving the citations to comply, challenge the findings before an independent board, or request an informal conference with an OSHA area director. 

Southern Classic Food Group is a manufacturer, marketer, and distributor of food products and food ingredients in the U.S., serving the food service, contract manufacturing, and industrial segments, according to information on the company’s website. 

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