Tyson Foods was fined $500,000 and placed on probation for one year in a federal court action on June 12 for the death of Texarkana worker Jason Kelly. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration won the maximum fine allowed for a willful violation of worker safety regulations.

Kelly was overcome by the hydrogen sulfide gas generated by decomposing poultry feathers at a rendering plant. Five other workers were injured.


Tyson Foods pleaded guilty in January saying that the incident was an accident and that preventive measures had been taken to avoid such cases in future.