OSHA proposes more than $92,000 in fines for Quail International

By Chris Scott on 7/17/2012

The U.S. Labor Dept.’s Occupational Safety and Heath Administration (OSHA) cited Quail International Inc. for 23 alleged safety and health violations following an inspection of its Greensboro, Ga., plant in January.

The agency issued citations to the quail processor covering 16 serious safety violations, including exposing workers at the plant to electrical hazards and failing to protect workers from hand and eye injuries, among other alleged problems. OSHA is seeking nearly $69,000 from Quail International for these violations and another $23,000 for four serious health violations, including an unsanitary restroom, excessive noise levels and failing to provide hearing protection and annual hearing tests. OSHA did not impose fines for three other less-than-serious safety violations it uncovered at the plant.

Quail International processes and distributes fresh and frozen quail under the Plantation Quail brand, controlling all aspects of the production process from egg production to final packaging. The company’s website notes that it uses no hormones or pesticides and provides what it describes as “100 percent natural feed” to its birds.

The company has 15 business days to either pay the fines, request a meeting with OSHA officials to discuss the violations, or contest the findings before an independent OSHA panel. Company officials were unavailable for comment.