Bloomberg Law
May 7, 2019, 6:11 PM

Texas Meat-Packing Company Fined for Employee Ammonia Exposure

Paul Stinson
Paul Stinson
Staff Correspondent

A Texas meat-packing company faces up to $615,640 in proposed fines for allegedly exposing workers at a San Angelo, Texas, facility to the release of toxic ammonia.

Doing business as Texas Packing Co., 7s Packing LLC was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for four “willful” violations, alleging multiple safety hazards including employee exposure to hazardous chemicals.

“OSHA determined that the meat-packing facility failed to implement a required Process Safety Management (PSM) program for operating an ammonia refrigeration unit containing over 10,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia,” the Labor Department said in a statement May 6.

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