TAR HEEL, NC (WECT) – Smithfield Packing in Tar Heel was recently issued citations totaling $44,100 following recent occupational safety and health inspections, according to a spokesperson for the N.C. Department of Labor.
One of those inspections took place in April after an employee was injured, and the other inspection, based on a complaint, happened a few weeks before that incident.
The Labor Department cited Smithfield Packing for two serious violations that were allegedly committed, along with one repeat serious violation of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of North Carolina.
"Civil penalties for OSH violations are included in the Occupational Safety and Health Act of North Carolina in the General Statutes," reads the news release from the Department of Labor. "The maximum penalty for each serious violation is $7,000. Penalties for repeat violations are doubled for the first repeat violation, multiplied by five if the violation has been cited twice before, and multiplied by 10 if the violation has previously been cited three or more times. The General Statutes say that the Labor Department has to take into consideration various factors such as the gravity of the violation, the size of the business, the good faith and cooperation of the employer, and the history of previous violations."
The company has 15 days from receipt of citations to pay the penalty, request an informal conference with the Labor Department or to file a notice of contest with the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission of North Carolina.
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