Minn. meatpacking plant settles OSHA citations

Author:
Publish date:

Quality Pork Processors, Inc., in Austin, Minn., has reached a settlement with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The Austin Daily Herald reports OSHA cited the meatpacking plant for serious safety violations in April after a routine inspection and proposed nearly $12,000 in fines.

"We often reduce penalties if they agree to fix it and beef up their training programs for employees," Minnesota OSHA spokesman James Honerman told KTTC-TV.

Watch the story below:

KTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and Sports

OSHA's report shows the penalty was reduced by nearly half.

Next Up

Related

Austin cat shelter downsizing after citation

The director of Cats Off Broadway is being cited for having too many cats. The Austin Daily Herald reports Mary Draayer has about 30 cats at her out-of-home shelter. She's being charged with violating a city ordinance that says animal shelters must be 500 feet or more away from residential areas. The director told the newspaper she plans to continue operating her shelter, but wants to downsize.

High wind topples 440-foot TV tower in SE Minn.

The PBS affiliate in Austin will be off the air for at least the next few days until repairs can be made, the Daily Herald reports. The KSMQ-TV tower came crashing down as powerful storms moved across the area. Fortunately no injuries are reported.

Raccoon bites 3-year-old girl in Austin, Minn.

A mother in Austin, Minn. stepped onto her porch Tuesday morning to find a raccoon biting her three-year-old daughter. The girl was treated at the hospital for four puncture wounds and scratches. Austin police say there's been a growing concern over sick raccoons in the city.

Minn. corn, soybean planting ahead of average

Minnesota farmers continue to make progress on planting corn and soybeans, thanks to warm, dry weather, the Associated Press reports. According to the USDA's weekly crop-weather report for Minnesota, corn planting jumped to 88 percent planted.