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on January 16, 2012

OSHA cites US poultry processor for safety violations

Coleman Natural Foods receives proposed penalities of $142,150 for reported safety hazards

U.S. poultry processor KD Acquisition I LLC, doing business as Coleman Natural Foods, has been cited with eight safety violations and proposed penalties totaling $142,150 by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for reported safety hazards after OSHA received a complaint in July 2011.

OSHA has cited the company for three repeat violations with penalties of $121,000 for failing to install machine guards on equipment where employees could come into contact with moving parts, tightly seal electrical enclosures to prevent severe corrosion and provide adequate strain relief on electrical components. Similar violations were cited in 2006 and 2007. KD Acquisition also has been cited for four serious safety violations with penalties of $21,150 for failing to provide an ammonia detector that would warn of gas dispersal into the air, provide training to workers acting in the capacity of hazardous materials technicians when accessing equipment during emergency releases of ammonia, repair or contain hydraulic fluid leaks that created slippery floor surfaces and provide machine guards when operating the shaft ends of the conveyor systems.

KD Acquisition has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request a conference with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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