The local poultry plant, Mar-Jac, in Gainesville Georgia was recently fined almost $380,000 by OSHA. OSHA proposed $379,800 in penalties against Mar-Jac Poultry Inc., of Gainsville, Georgia, for safety and health violations. The company was cited with four willful violations with a proposed penalty of $252,000. Mar-Jac Poultry has also failed to perform required compliance audits. OSHA defines a willful violation as one committed with plain indifference to or intentional disregard for employee safety and health.
Additionally, Mar-Jac Poultry was cited with 37 serious safety and health violations with $127,800 in proposed penalties. The safety hazards included:
- a failure to place proper machine guarding,
- uncovered floor holes,
- obstructed emergency exit routes,
- a lockout/tagout device not being affixed to electrical disconnect, and
- portable fire extinguishers not being readily available.
It was also cited for failing to develop an emergency response plan for employees responding to ammonia emergencies. A serious citation is issued when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
One day after receiving almost $400,000 in penalties from citations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Mar-Jac Poultry released a statement disputing the violations as “unfounded” and said it intends to contest them.
At the Ramos Law Firm, we have represented many injured workers who were at similar poultry or chicken processing plants. If you have been injured, contact the Ramos Law Firm for a free consultation.