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Workplace accident reveals numerous hazards at Tyson Foods plant

Employers in North Carolina and elsewhere have a responsibility to their staff members to keep facilities safe. Unfortunately, this is something that does not always happen. In another state, an investigation after a workplace accident revealed numerous hazards at a Tyson Foods plant.

According to a report issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an employee suffered an amputation while working on the line at a chicken processing plant. Further investigations found other amputation hazards, high levels of toxic gases, a lack of proper personal protective equipment, trip-and-fall hazards and numerous other safety violations. As a result of this latest investigation, Tyson Foods has been fined over $260,000.

This is apparently not the first time this particular company has been fined by OSHA. Tyson Foods is said to have a history of repeated violations. From the date these most recent citations were given, the company has 15 days to make the necessary changes or to contest the findings.

When a company, whether in North Carolina or elsewhere, fails to keep its facilities safe for employees, it may be held responsible if a workplace accident occurs. Injured employees or -- in the event of fatality -- their surviving family members may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses. Not only can they apply to receive workers' compensation benefits, but they may also be able to pursue civil claims against those believed responsible for any damages sustained. An experienced attorney can help employees and/or their families achieve the full benefits to which they are entitled, as well as seek further compensation through litigation or out-of-court negotiations.

Source: osha.gov, "Amputation at Tyson Foods exposes chemical, fall, fire hazards at Texas plant", Aug. 16, 2016

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