The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a second large meat production company for failing to protect employees from exposure to the coronavirus.
Nearly 300 JBS employees in Greeley, CO, were infected with the COVID-19 virus since March and seven died. Six worked in the beef plant and a seventh was assigned to theJBS USA corporate headquarters located nearby.
OSHA has proposed $15,615 in penalties for the JBS beef plant in Greeley, CO. Earlier it imposed a similar fine for the Smithfield Foods meat plant in Sioux Falls, SD.
JBS USA, which operates as Swift Beef Co., took sharp exception to the federal agency’s findings, saying in a statement that “the OSHA citation is entirely without merit.”
“It attempts to impose a standard that did not exist in March as we fought the pandemic with no guidance,” the company said. “When OSHA finally provided … Read more