August 08, 2022
After an ammonia leak, a pork and poultry producer was cited by OSHA.
In January 2022, an ammonia leak caused 50 workers to evacuate a Georgia poultry processing plant. According to a press release, two workers were hospitalized and one was treated on the scene.
An OSHA investigation determined the cause of the leak to be “uncontrolled temperature and pressure conditions.” The agency cited Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. for nine serious citations and proposed penalties of $110,630.
Per the press release, the citations were for “inadequately implementing and maintaining the process safety management program for controlling anhydrous ammonia hazards in industrial refrigeration systems. Specifically, the employer failed to:
- Confirm a pre-startup safety review before introducing a highly hazardous chemical into an existing process, and include instructions