Industrial Safety / Preventive Maintenance

Cited for improper maintenance and dripping fat, pork plant faces new fine

By James Bruggers, for Courier-Journal

Aug 16, 2017

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A Louisville meatpacking plant has agreed to pay the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District $60,000 in penalties after the company reported records-keeping omissions and a surprise inspection found faulty equipment handling, public records show.

The district's board is scheduled to decide whether to accept the agreement Wednesday morning, following a 10 a.m. public hearing.

The JBS Swift plant in the Butchertown neighborhood on March 8 submitted a report to district officials that showed about 60 required internal inspections were missed, according to the agreement. Thirty of the required inspections for these pieces of equipment were reported to have had multiple deficiencies.

District officials also found faulty equipment during a Nov. 30, 2016 inspection, including some contributing to strong odors, including a drain pipe improperly discharging fat, according to the agreement.

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