OSHA Cites Wisconsin Beef-Processing Plant After Death

Posted Thursday, June 14, 2012 --- 7:30 a.m.

NORWALK, Wis. (AP) -- A beef-processing plant in western Wisconsin has been cited with 11 safety violations after a maintenance worker died by electrocution in December.

The citations against VPP Group LLC carry proposed penalties of $186,000.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the worker was electrocuted at the company's Norwalk plant.

OSHA says 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.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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