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Springfield Meat Company Fined For Safety Violations

A Bright Oaks Meat employee experienced serious injury when her hand was pulled into this meat tenderizing machine.
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A Bright Oaks Meat employee experienced serious injury when her hand was pulled into this meat tenderizing machine.

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (or OSHA) fined Bright Oaks Meat, Incorporated for violations after an employee's hand was pulled into the blades of a tenderizing machine.  

A female employee had to get 60 stitches on her right hand after the August incident. The meat tenderizer she was using had no safety guard. Darla Harris is co-owner of Bright Oaks Meat. She says the guard on this particular machine was made of plastic and constantly broke.

A Bright Oaks Meat employee experienced serious injury when her hand was pulled into this meat tenderizing machine.
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A Bright Oaks Meat employee experienced serious injury when her hand was pulled into this meat tenderizing machine.

Harris: "So we just didn’t worry too much about the guard. Which we should have, but we didn't. So now, since then we have had our own guard built and designed out of aluminum so that, you know, it can't happen again."

Harris says meat cutting is a dangerous job but in their 32 year history, this is the worst accident the company has seen. She says they called an ambulance immediately but failed to report the overnight hospitalization to the state. Harris claims she did not know that was required within the first 24 hours.

OSHA fined the company $7,850. Harris says it's been paid in full. And the injured employee is returning to work after Thanksgiving.

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Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.