Plant fined more than $700K for employee’s death

The Tribe Mediterranean Foods’ processing plant in Taunton, Massachusetts has been fined $702,300 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after an employee was killed by machinery.

The man was killed after he became caught in the machine he was cleaning, pulled in, and then crushed to death by its rotating augers. OSHA issued 18 violations, most of them willful violations, in relation to the death.

According to the administration’s investigation, the deceased worker was not properly trained by the company about hazardous energy control and other safety procedures. OSHA has now placed Tribe on its Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which will submit the company to follow-up inspections to ensure they are following the law.

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