JBS fined nearly $175,000 after Greeley worker loses arm in conveyor belt

OSHA says JBS failed to guard the equipment and train its employees


By Justin Wingerter, The Denver Post

September 4, 2021


The meatpacking giant JBS USA was issued five citations and fines totaling $174,566 last month after a worker at its beef plant in Greeley became stuck in a conveyor belt and had his left arm amputated.


At the end of his shift on Feb. 17, the worker was cleaning a conveyor belt and reached for something that fell off the end of the machinery. His smock sleeve then became tangled in the conveyor belt’s sprockets, causing the grisly injury, according to a report by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


“He was working alone when his arm got caught in the machinery and it pulled him in. He was there for a period of time screaming for help,” said Kim Cordova, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7, the employee’s union.


Cordova said the man is a 37-year-old Burmese immigrant who was working the evening shift and is “really devastated by what happened to him.”


OSHA investigated the incident two days later and determined JBS had not properly guarded the conveyor belt, exposing its employees to the threat of lost limbs. OSHA also found...