Businesses in Kansas facing fines from OSHA, including Tyson

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- A Tyson facility in Holcomb Kansas faces a $85,000 fine for what OSHA describes as multiple safety and health violations.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Wichita Area Office told 13 NEWS that they cited Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. and Tyson Hides and Tannery for a total of two repeated, five serious, and one other than serious safety and health violations.

The July 29, 2016 citation follows a February inspection of two adjacent facilities in Holcomb that OSHA said the found Tyson failed to follow noise exposure standards including”

– Conducting noise sampling.
– Implementing engineering controls to reduce exposure.
– Evaluating employee’s noise exposure when audiometric testing shows a threshold shift.
– Conducting baseline audiograms.
– Providing training for workers.
– Ensuring proper recordkeeping.
OSHA also found the company failed to:
– Install adequate machine guards around rotating shafts
– Provide eye wash stations.
– Mark exit routes.

Judy Freeman, OSHA’s area director in Wichita informed 13 NEWS that “Exposure to occupational noise hazards can result in permanent hearing loss and greatly impact a worker’s quality of life. Employers like Tyson have a responsibility to follow federal guidelines to protect the safety and health of their workers on the job.”

The OSHA citation can be found by clicking on the provided link.

Two Dollar General stores in Kansas also are facing proposed penalties of $105,600.

In Wichita, an inspector found blocked exit routes and materials stored near electrical panels. In Clay Center, the agency found workers exposed to electrical, fall and trip hazards.

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