For most of my life, I've driven past the Bridgford Foods plant off the 91 Freeway–never knew what they did, but they were always home to me. Turns out they mostly make deli meats and breads–and turns out they violated the law by exposing workers to harmful conditions–and it's been at it for a while.
The feds want to fine them $118,700 for all sorts of violations at a meat-processing plant in Chicago where OSHA found 22 (!) safety and health violations. Other recent violations at their Dallas plant resulted in penalties of $174,500 in February, and 27 safety and health violations “carrying $422,600 were cited in October 2011,” according to a press release just issued.
“Bridgford Foods Processing has the responsibility to ensure that its employees are properly trained and protected from workplace hazards such as falls and chemical use,” Gary Anderson, OSHA's area director, said in a statement.
Lax work conditions from an Orange County employer? Nah…