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OSHA Fines Recycler After Double Amputation Accident

Tue, 06/21/2011 - 9:12am

VERONA, Miss. (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Glen, Miss.-based Triple P Farms Inc. for four safety violations.

OSHA has proposed penalties of $73,500. The company has 15 days to appeal.

OSHA said Tuesday it began an inspection in February after a worker had both legs amputated when his foot got caught in a baling machine as he attempted to clear cardboard that had jammed at a business in Verona.

OSHA contends the incident could have been avoided if the company had followed safety procedures, including installation of a lockout/tagout program.

The worker was employed by Triple P Farms to perform waste disposal and recycling. Triple P Farms was assigned as a contractor to MTD Manufacturing in Verona, Miss. which was not cited by OSHA.

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