The Iowa Division of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Anogla Pork LLC, a hog farm near Algona, Iowa, for violations of the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Act, according to a news release from Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI). The citation was delivered after a group of workers filed a complaint with the federal agency earlier this summer.
The citation includes at least four violations claiming that the employer failed to furnish facilities “free from recognized hazards that were causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm” to employees.
During an inspection on Sept. 19, OSHA found workers were at risk of injury or death if struck by the high pressure water stream from improperly installed power washers. Workers also reportedly had received no training on how to correctly operate the power washers.
The citation also states that Anogla Pork LLC does not supply soap or towels for employees to wash their hands before eating. During a meeting in August, workers said that many were experiencing severe gastrointestinal illnesses that they believe were related to working in unsanitary conditions, according to the news release. OSHA also cited Anogla for not having a log of all recordable work-related injuries and illnesses.
Anogla Pork LLC must pay $3,200 in penalties and notify workers by posting notices near the location where the violations were found.
The group of workers also filed a complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission for inhumane working conditions, racial discrimination and harassment at the workplace. The civil rights complaint remains under investigation.