Moving machinery citation in death at Colorado meat packing plant
A 54-year-old worker at a Greeley, Colorado meat packing plant was fatally injured in June, 2014 when his hair and arm were caught in an unguarded conveyor system. His employer, JBS USA LLC, failed to protect workers from moving machine parts by properly guarding or de-energizing the equipment, an inspection by OSHA found. The agency cited the meat packing plant for one repeated and one serious violation.
JBS USA was cited for exposing workers to severe injuries from lack of machine guarding, such as crushed fingers or hands, burns, amputations or blindness. The Greeley plant was cited for a similar violation, and it became a final order in 2010.
OSHA cited a serious violation for failure to properly control energy sources on machinery during service and maintenance.
The proposed penalties total $45,500. Doing business as JBS Swift, JBS USA employs about 3,100 workers in Greeley and operates facilities worldwide.