Hutchinson Tyson Foods plant cited by OSHA

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) -- The federal government has cited the Tyson Foods plant in Hutchinson for safety violations after a worker's hand was severed last summer.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration labeled the plant a severe violator, meaning future inspections will ensure the violations have been corrected. OSHA also recommended a $147,000 fine for four violations found during a recent inspection.

The worker's hand was severed in June while he and three others were cleaning a conveyor belt and his arm was pulled into the equipment.

The Hutchinson News reports OSHA has found seven serious violations at the plant in the last decade and some of the latest violations were considered willful.

Tyson officials say the company is reviewing the citations and will work with OSHA to resolve the concerns.

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