Safety issues cited at Neb. meat byproducts plant

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing $91,300 in fines for safety violations at Darling International's meat byproducts plant in Lexington. OSHA says the plant, which operates under the name of Dar Pro, had six violations. One of them was a repeat violation for failing to properly adjust or provide adequate machine guarding.

Other violations include failing to maintain bench grinders, improper storage of oxygen cylinders. Two others involve electrical safe work practices, including improperly marked circuit breakers and not effectively closing unused openings in electrical boxes.
One other-than-serious citation was issued for failing to mark storage areas with approved load capacity limits.

Darling International, headquartered in Irving, Texas, recycles used restaurant cooking oil and byproducts from the beef, pork and poultry processing industries into usable products.


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