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OSHA Warrant Litigation Warns of Safety Enforcement Priorities

Aug. 11, 2021, 3:08 PM

A dispute between OSHA and Foundation Food Group Inc. over an agency search warrant served after a March ammonia leak at a Georgia poultry plant has erupted into a U.S. court battle that attorneys say points to the Biden administration’s ramp up of worker safety enforcement.

Foundation Food and three of its contractors already were accused of 59 federal safety violations following a separate fatal nitrogen leak in January at the same Gainesville, Ga., plant, when U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh last month signed off on a request for a U.S. court order to expeditiously compel five company executives to ...