December 12, 2019
U.S. Department of Labor Reaches Settlement with Global Meat Supplier
Following Safety and Health Citations in New Jersey Facility
SWEDESBORO, NJ — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has reached a settlement with Thomas Foods International after devoting citations for workplace safety and health violations at the company’s meat processing centre in Swedesboro, New Jersey. As portion of this settlement, Thomas Foods International will cover $213,000 in fines for offenses involving noise and bloodborne pathogens risks, and inefficient machine safeguarding following a May 2019 analysis initiated as a member of OSHA’s Site-Specific Targeting program.
Under that the conditions of the settlement, Thomas Foods International will hold monthly meetings using an in-house security and health committee for at least one year, create a security checklist to ensure correct use of equipment, and create and implement a written safety and health program. The company will even guarantee management wait a 30-hour OSHA safety training course, and use consultation services to run a minumum of one audit of their office.
“Employers are legally responsible for complying with workplace health and safety requirements, and ensuring workers’ safety and health,” stated Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt.
“This settlement confirms that Thomas Foods will correct the violations identified during the investigation to prevent employee exposure to serious injuries and disabilities,” stated OSHA Marlton Area Director Paula Dixon-Roderick.
Under that the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, companies are accountable for providing safe and healthy workplaces for their workers. OSHA’s role is to guarantee these requirements for America’s working women and men by establishing and implementing standards, and providing instruction, instruction, and help. For more info, see https://www.osha.gov.
The assignment of this Department of Labor is to cultivate, encourage, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and acquaintances of those United States; enhance working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and also guarantee work-related advantages and rights.
Release Number: 19-1885-NEW (osha 19-72)
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