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Safety Violations Alleged at Food Plant

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 4:53am

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) — Federal regulators have proposed $45,000 in fines against the operator of a food plant in Norfolk where two workers were burned.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration says Henningsen Foods Inc. had seven safety violations, including one repeat, during an inspection after the accident in October 2012.

Norfolk Fire Capt. Lyle Lutt had said the workers suffered second-degree burns on their faces, heads and arms.

The company can pay the fines, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Henningsen is based in Omaha. Company vice president of technical sales Darrell Kahler (KAY'-lur) says Henningsen wouldn't comment about the OSHA action. He did say, however, that the two employees have returned to work.

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