OSHA cites beef-processing plant after death

Maintenance worker electrocuted in December

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.

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