OSHA fines nation’s largest chicken producer $122k for failures in dangerous ammonia release at Waco plant.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation for 2 repeat and 2 serious safety violations March 30 after 79 pounds of anhydrous ammonia was released at the plant in September 2015, endangering workers and prompting an investigation at the Waco, Texas facility which revealed that the company failed to implement proper standard operating procedures with accurate safety information, failed to complete and document equipment testing, and failed to use proper methods to prevent over -pressurization and explosions in the system, among other violations.
Proposed penalties total $122,500.
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