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US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Corpus Christi-based meat processing facility for serious, repeat violations
US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Corpus Christi-based meat processing facility for serious, repeat violations | Sam Kane, Sam Kane Beef, Sam Kane Beef Processor, OSHA, safety and health, Leopard Street, Michael Rivera, multiple safety hazards,

Texas Business reports:  Corpus Christi—The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued four serious and one repeat citation to Sam Kane Beef Processor Inc. following an inspection at the company's facility in Corpus Christi, where multiple safety hazards were found. Proposed penalties total $61,000.

“This company exposed its employees to preventable workplace safety hazards,” said Michael Rivera, OSHA's area director in Corpus Christi, in a prepared statement.  “OSHA standards must be followed in order to avoid injuries and fatalities.”

OSHA's Corpus Christi Area Office initiated a safety and health inspection on December 2, 2010, at the company's facility on Leopard Street. Sam Kane Beef Processor, which employs about 800 workers in Corpus Christi, slaughters cattle and processes beef for sale.

Serious violations include failing to ensure the safe and proper use of step ladders, to keep floor surfaces free of water to prevent slipping or sliding and to provide an adequate and timely emergency response plan for night shift workers. A serious violation is one in which there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

A repeat citation was issued for failing to provide guardrails for work areas more than 4 feet above the ground. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. In March 2010, the company was cited for a similar violation with penalties of $2,250.

Sam Kane Beef Processor has 15 business days from receipt of citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's Corpus Christi Area Office or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

 Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees.