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OSHA proposes fines against meatpacker

June 19, 2010

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— A federal agency has cited an Arkansas City meatpacker for exposing workers to what it calls a potentially disastrous release of ammonia from a refrigeration system.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Thursday it’s proposing fines totaling $130,000 against Creekstone Farms Premium Beef.

OSHA says an inspection in December found 20 serious new violations and one repeat violation at the plant.

Creekstone marketing director Jim Rogers declined to talk about specific allegations but says the company expects to cooperate fully. Rogers says Creekstone is committed to the safety and health of its workers and looks forward to resolving the issues with OSHA.

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