U.S. Department of Labor Cites one of the Nation’s Largest Pork Processors for Exposing Workers to Repetitive Motion Injuries and Placing Essential Workers at Risk

U.S. Department of Labor Cites one of the Nation’s Largest Pork Processors for Exposing Workers to Repetitive Motion Injuries and Placing Essential Workers at Risk

Oklahoma's Seaboard Foods LLC failed to identify, diagnose and treat musculoskeletal disorders.

A Guymon processing and packaging facility, operated by one of the nation’s largest pork processors, failed to prevent workers from being exposed to repetitive motion injuries and did not record injuries that needed more than basic first-aid.

OSHA cited Seaboard Food LLC for one serious health violation for exposing workers to ergonomic hazards associated with repetitive motion and lifting. The citation follows a six-month inspection. The company now faces $27,306 in proposed penalties.

"Repetitive motion and overexertion can leave workers with chronic and life-changing medical conditions," said OSHA Area Director Steven A. Kirby in Oklahoma City. "Employers who implement required workplace safety measures, track injuries and identify needed improvements can protect workers from suffering painful, debilitating injuries. We encourage workers to contact us to understand their rights and urge employers to learn how to prevent musculoskeletal disorders."

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders are among the most frequently reported causes of lost or restricted work time. According to a press release, in 2019, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported these disorders accounted for nearly one-third of all worker injury and illness cases.

Based in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, Seaboard Foods and its supporting operations are the nation's second largest pig producer and fourth largest pork processor. Seaboard Foods LLC has 15 business days from receipt of citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the independent OSHRC.

Learn more about the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace.

About the Author

Shereen Hashem is the Associate Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety magazine.

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