Companies in Ohio and Wisconsin have been cited by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration after workers suffered amputations and crushing injuries.
OSHA announced Tuesday that it cited Greeley, Colo.-based beef processing plant operator JBS Green Bay Inc. after an employee suffered severe crushing injuries to his right index and middle fingers while removing a shackle from a cow moving along a cart line at the company’s facility in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
The company failed to install proper guards to protect trolley line workers from pinch points, OSHA said.
JBS, which manufactures meat products in Australia, the US and Canada, was charged with four repeat, four serious and two non-serious breaches and issued a proposed fine of $227,786.
Separately, OSHA announced Tuesday that it cited Orrville, Ohio-based Quality Castings Co. for a knowing and a serious safety violation, and proposed $171,884 in punitive damages, after a worker’s right thumb was amputated in February while operating a molding machine.
OSHA said the company failed to lock out the core molding machine’s operating parts during service and maintenance, and that the lack of protection led to the worker’s hand being caught by the rotating mold while adjusting the flame on the machine, which is used for metal. casting.
Both companies have 15 days to contest the respective citations.