Minnesota egg producer fined after worker was scalped by machine

An egg producer in Litchfield, Minnesota was ordered by the state’s OSHA to pay a fine worth $9,100 after a female workers lost her scalp last year in a workplace accident, the Independent Review reported on March 26.

Reports said Vanessa Enriquez, 27, who was subcontracted to work for Sparboe Farms, had her hair caught in machinery while cleaning. Deputy Tom Dale of Meeker County said Enriquez had her scalp almost completely removed from the incident. Enriquez had to be airlifted to a hospital where she underwent a procedure to have her scalp reattached. A report revealed that the place where Enriquez’s hair became trapped was not protected by anything that would have prevented an incident like this from happening. Sparboe Farms appealed the two violations filed against them in February and will try to settle the case with the state’s OHSA officials.

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Subcontractor gets $25K fine after fatal Minnesota workplace accident

The Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ordered a South Dakota-based subcontractor to pay a fine after a worker fell and died while doing his job at Sparboe Farms, the Star Tribune stated on January 27.

Reports said OSHA ordered Pro-X Builders Inc. to pay $25,000 in late 2014 after farm worker Ruben Esquivel Solis, 23, accidentally fell while working on a chicken barn roof in Darwin Township last June. The fine was imposed after OSHA found that the subcontractor failed to provide sufficient safety measures for workers doing work on a surface of more than 15 feet above the ground. The subcontractor did not contest the amount of fine, the report also said, although the case was not closed yet. Records revealed that in 2012, at least 269 construction workers nationwide died as a result of fall accidents.

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