Keystone Foods Facing $76,000 in Safety Penalties

Sep 7, 2016

Equipment at Keystone Foods plant, Bakerhill, Ala.

A meat processing plant in southeast Alabama has been fined more than $70,000 following an investigation after a worker lost his fingertip in an accident.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the Keystone Foods plant in Bakerhill, Alabama, is facing about $76,700 in proposed penalties following an investigation. The agency began looking into the plant after a 65-year-old employee lost the tip of his index finger while cleaning an overhead saw blade in early March.

The citations include unguarded platforms posing a fall risk, unguarded saws and workers not required to wear eye protection.

Keystone Foods is based in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and supplies fresh and frozen food products including poultry, beef, fish and pork. The company operates several facilities in Alabama including a hatchery in Eufaula.