Tyson Foods fined $263,000 after amputation at Texas plant

AP News
Posted: Aug 16, 2016 3:31 PM

CENTER, Texas (AP) — Federal inspectors have fined Tyson Foods more than $263,000 for safety violations at an East Texas poultry plant where a worker's finger was amputated when it became stuck in a conveyor belt.

The U.S. Department of Labor said in a news release Tuesday that Tyson was fined for 15 serious violations at its plant in Center, near the Louisiana border.

Officials say the plant was inspected earlier this year after receiving a report of the amputation, which occurred when the worker tried to remove chicken parts jammed in the belt.

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Among the violations found by inspectors was lack of proper safeguards on moving machine parts and not enough protective equipment for workers.

A spokesman for the Springdale, Arkansas-based company was not immediately available to comment.