OSHA cites Foundation Food Group Inc. for exposing workers to safety hazards, proposes $154K in penalties. The March 11, 2021 ammonia leak happened 42 days after January incident killed 6 workers.
On Jan. 28, 2021, an uncontrolled release of liquid nitrogen at a Gainesville poultry processing facility claimed the lives of six workers. Less than two months later, workers were again subjected to a chemical release at the plant, after an ammonia leak on March 11.
A U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation identified 23 safety and health violations at the facility. OSHA cited Foundation Food Group Inc. for exposing workers to dermal and respiratory hazards associated with the potential unexpected release of anhydrous ammonia and for failing to install a system that protected employees.
The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) was deployed to the scene and CLICK HERE to view the Chairman’s full statement. The CSB’s core mission activities include conducting incident investigations; formulating preventive or mitigative recommendations based on investigation findings and advocating for their implementation; issuing reports containing the findings, conclusions, and recommendations arising from incident investigations; and conducting studies on chemical hazards.
Zachary Bracket of Hall County Fire Services press conferenced on the day the the liquid nitrogen tragic catastrophe.