OSHA cites beef-processing plant after death
Maintenance worker electrocuted in December
NORWALK, Wis. — A beef-processing plant in western Wisconsin has been cited with 11 safety violations after a maintenance worker was electrocuted in December.
The citations against VPP Group LLC carry proposed penalties of $186,000.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said the worker was electrocuted at the company’s Norwalk plant.
OSHA said workers had been sent to fix a leaking water pipe near equipment that hadn’t been properly weatherproofed. The safety agency says the setup allowed moisture to accumulate in electrical boxes and fixtures.
A worker who answered the phone at VPP declined to comment.
VPP has 15 business days to comply with the fines, contest the citations or request a conference with the agency.