An employee at the Tyson Foods Plant in Omaha is recovering after a workplace accident Thursday morning. Omaha Police say Jose Partida was in critical condition after his hand got caught in machinery and several fingers were severed or partially severed.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration opened an investigation into the incident. Deputy Director for Public Affairs Rhonda Burke says they have six months to complete their investigation.
Burke says, “The inspectors will go into the plant and look at the machines the worker was operated. They will talk to workers, management, things of that nature to see if there were any violations of safety procedures that contributed to this incident.” Exposing workers to operating parts of machinery are among OSHA’s most frequent cited hazards and can result in death or permanent disability.
Burke says if OSHA issues a citation it will come with recommendations on how to improve worker safety and a deadline to do so. They may face financial penalties as well.
Tyson Foods is currently contesting citations issued by OSHA from an incident last October when an employee with a cleaning company suffered an amputation injury at their facility.