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OSHA Cites Tyson for Worker's Death

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 5:57am

DAKOTA CITY, Neb. (AP) — Regulators have proposed more than $104,000 in penalties for Tyson Foods Inc. because of safety violations the regulators say were found at a Nebraska beef plant where a worker was fatally injured.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson was cited for seven violations at its Dakota City plant.

Authorities say 37-year-old Rodney Bridgett was injured March 14 when a piece of equipment he was working on collapsed on him. The company has said the slaughter and processing plant was not in operation at the time.

Tyson's options include complying with the citations' provisions, seeking an informal conference with OSHA's area director in Omaha, or contesting the citations to an OSHA review commission.

Tyson representative Worth Sparkman said Monday the company hasn't decided which course it will take.

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