Allen Harim Foods is being accused by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of using a first aid station at its poultry processing plant in Harbeson, Delaware, as a means to avoid reporting workplace injuries.
According to OSHA, Allen Harim is sending hurt workers to a first aid station that is staffed by three emergency medical technicians (EMTs) who are not licensed in Delaware. Also, OSHA alleged those EMTs are supervised by an administrator with no medical training, and a Millsboro-based physician signs off on Allen Harim’s medical directive, but is not obligated to review its medical logs, according to a Delaware Online report.
The allegations were pointed out in the form of a hazard alert letter from OSHA to Allen Harim, but no citations have been issued.
In a statement, Allen Harim said the company is committed to providing a safe and healthful workplace for its employees, but had no further comments concerning the allegations in the hazard alert letters.
These latest allegations from OSHA follow a citation for allegedly exposing workers to musculoskeletal hazards, failure to designate emergency exits and not providing sufficient training related to machinery at its poultry plant in Harbeson, Delaware. The company has stated that those allegations are unwarranted and is contesting the citation and the potential $38,000 fine connected with the citation.