Tyson Foods

Meatpacking Plant Workers Score Supreme Court Win

Mar 22, 2016
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Workers at a Midwest meat-packing plant scored a victory for hourly workers at the nation’s highest court today

The workers want meat company Tyson to pay them for the time it takes to put on and take off protective clothing required to do their jobs.

The Supreme Court ruled the employees could use statistical evidence about the process to prove their case, since Tyson failed to keep accurate working records.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the Tyson Foods plant in Hutchinson for more safety violations.

OSHA labeled the plant a severe violator, meaning future inspections will ensure the violations have been corrected.

OSHA also recommended a $147,000 fine for four violations found during a recent inspection.

A worker's hand was severed in June while he and three others were cleaning a conveyor belt; his arm was pulled into the equipment.

Ammonia Leak Sends Seven To Hospital

May 24, 2013

Seven people have been released from an Emporia hospital after an ammonia leak at the city's Tyson Foods plant.

Emergency workers were sent to the plant on Thursday.

KVOE News in Emporia reports that levels of ammonia at the site were registering at 10 parts per million, which is well below the lethal limit of 300 parts per million.

OSHA says workers can be exposed to a leak of 50 parts per million during an 8-hour shift.