The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Tyson Foods Inc. for seven safety violations and proposed fines of over 104-thousand dollars at the company's Dakota City beef processing plant.
OSHA"s penalties follow an inspection of the facility after a mechanic was fatally injured there on March 14. 37 year old Rodney Bridgett was performing maintenance work beneath a piece of equipment that had been elevated by a chain, but the chain failed and the equipment crushed the mechanic.
A willful violation was cited for ineffective periodic safety equipment inspections. Tyson was also cited for 5 serious violations including failing to provide protective equipment for working with chemicals and one other violation for failing to have a competent person certify the hazard assessment.
A statement from Tyson spokesman Worth Sparkman says they are reviewing the citations and will work cooperatively with OSHA to resolve the agency's concerns. Sparkman says the safety of their people is very important and they want to make sure accidents like this are prevented in the future.
A public meeting will be held this afternoon regarding an electric transmission line project starting in northwest Iowa.
The Rock Island Clean Line will deliver up to 3,500 megawatts of clean power from northwest Iowa and the surrounding region to communities in Illinois and other eastern states.
The electricity will be transported by a 500-mile overhead, high voltage direct current transmission line. The Rock Island Clean Line will make possible approximately $7 billion worth of investments in new wind energy projects, which today cannot be constructed due to the lack of available transmission.
The project will cost approximately $1.7 billion. The line will provide enough affordable renewable energy to power approximately 1.4 million homes. The open house style meeting will run from 3:30 until 5pm at the Sioux City Convention Center.
ON MONDAY THE CITY COUNCIL WILL LIKELY VOTE TO SUSPEND SIOUX CITY'S MUNICIPAL CODE RELATING TO LICENSING ADULT CABARETS AND DANCERS. MAYOR BOB SCOTT SAYS THE ACTION WILL TAKE PLACE BECAUSE OF A DECISION BY THE IOWA SUPREME COURT:
THE MAYOR SAYS THE COURT DECISION HAS LOOSENED RESTRICTIONS ON ESTABLISHMENTS THAT CAN PROVIDE NUDE DANCING IN THE STATE:
THE COURT DECISION MEANS THE IOWA LEGISLATURE WILL NEED TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE AND PASS A NEW LAW REGARDING NUDE DANCING IN THE STATE DURING THEIR 2013 SESSION.