JBS fac­ing sev­eral charges due to ‘life-al­ter­ing’ work­place ac­ci­dent in 2018

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JBS Foods faces 14 counts un­der oc­cu­pa­tional health and safety laws af­ter a me­chanic had his arm pulled into a hide ringer two years ago at the Brooks meat plant.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred in May 2018 at the com­pany’s pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity in Brooks and re­sulted in “sig­nif­i­cant life-al­ter­ing in­juries” for the in­di­vid­ual, ac­cord­ing to a no­tice of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion on Al­berta Oc­cu­pa­tional Health and Safety’s web­site.

JBS Foods has not en­tered a plea on the charges that were laid in in April 2020.

A sec­ond ap­pear­ance was held Oct. 7 at Medicine Hat Pro­vin­cial Court, where the mat­ter was ad­journed to Nov. 24.

Medicine Hat cur­rently han­dles some mat­ters that would be heard in Brooks due to a COVID op­er­a­tional plan is­sued by court of­fi­cials.

The Al­berta OH&S web­site states that the main­te­nance worker was demon­strat­ing the op­er­a­tion of the ma­chine that wrings out and presses an­i­mal hides when the ac­ci­dent oc­curred

In­ves­ti­ga­tors say the ma­chine was with­out safety guards and that JBS failed to pro­vide a safe work­ing en­vi­ron­ment as re­quired by leg­is­la­tion.

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