Bad Press: Yet Another Risk of an OSHA Inspection!

On August 16, 2016, OSHA issued a news release on its website announcing that citations had been issued by the agency against Tyson Foods, Inc. for alleged violations at its chicken processing facility in Center, Texas. The citations proposed penalties of $263,000 for 15 alleged serious and 2 alleged repeated workplace safety violations. Rather than merely announcing the citations against Tyson Foods however, the news release described a “gruesome” amputation injury that led the agency to investigate the facility. The news release also included a statement from Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, scolding Tyson Foods for not doing “much more to prevent disfiguring injuries like this one from happening.” Predictably, the news release and Dr. Michael’s remarks were quoted in media outlets nationwide.


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