The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued nine serious citations to Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. linked to an ammonia leak at the firm’s Canton, GA poultry processing plant in January, an agency release announced Monday.
Two workers were hospitalized and about 50 workers were forced to evacuate the facility when an ammonia leak occurred on Jan. 19, 2022. Federal inspectors determined that uncontrolled temperature and pressure conditions on an ammonia refrigeration system contributed to the release of ammonia. During the incident, liquid and vapor ammonia were dispersed in the air and engulfed the emergency exit doors that discharged outside. One worker also received treatment on scene.
Pilgrim’s Pride faces a fine of $110,630.
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