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Wisconsin work accident results in OSHA fines

A Wisconsin company is facing the scrutiny of OSHA after one of its workers was involved in a devastating accident. The work accident occurred when one of the employees was attempting to clean a machine at a turkey processor plant in Barron. The accident resulted in the employee's arm being cut off.

OSHA stepped in to investigate the accident and found the company was in violation of 18 safety regulations. They have leveled fines against it in excess of $230,000. OSHA has ordered the company to pay the fines, but it is unknown if there will be negotiations to attempt to reduce that amount.

In addition, the company has agreed to take steps in improving safety at its Wisconsin facility and another outside of the state. There has been no word on the condition of the worker, or if they will be able to return to work. When a work accident occurs as a result of safety issues within a facility, workplaces may be subjected to inspections and hefty fines if OSHA makes findings as a result of their investigation.

Wisconsin workers injured in a work accident of this caliber may find they have difficulty returning to work. Losing a limb is the devastating result of this particular accident, and it could affect the worker for the rest of their life. Workers in this situation will likely have the right to file for workers' compensation. A claim may help them with their medical bills, subsequent physical recoveries and their lost wages while they remain out of work.

Source:, "Jennie-O ordered to pay $238K after safety accident," Kacey Persson, Jan. 3, 2013

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