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Dickinson & Son 84 Pkg Co. Inc

Address: 1949 Rt. 136, Eighty-Four, PA 15330
Establishment No.: m19455

USDA Inspection Report: 28 Jul 2010

Code: 04C02
Violation: 313.1

Citation: HATS Category VII - Observations for Slips & Falls On Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at approx. 0935 hours while performing Inspection System Procedure (ISP) 04C02, HAT procedure "Observations for Slips and Falls" observed the following noncompliance with "Observations of Slips & Falls", 9 CFR 313.1(b). Observed one cattle in pen # 1 being driven to the knocking pen. While the plant employee attempted to drive the animal to the knocking pen the swing gate along the ramp appeared not to be secured causing the animal to balk, the animal back up causing a second swing gate near the outside door to open. As the plant employee attempted to drive the animal a second time the animal became lodged between the two gates and backed into a third wooden gate at the bottom of the ramp causing it to unlatch. As the animal went back and forth through the partial open gates in the alleyway observed three occurrences when the animal appeared to slip and immediately regain footing. The animal did not completely fall or become injured. Observations of the floor surfaces indicated that flooring did not provide adequate footing in preventing Slips and Falls of livestock, dry wood chips were applied. A Regulatory Control Action was taken as per 9 CFR 500.2 (a)(4), inhumane handling or slaughter of livestock. U.S. Reject Tag # B35 688650 was applied to the Livestock barn alleyway. Immediately informed Mr. [redacted] Plant Slaughter Supervisor verbally of the noncompliance with 9 CFR 313.1(b). Mr. [redacted] was informed of the regulatory control action taken and that the regulatory control action will remain in place until the establishment implements the appropriate immediate and further preventive actions that ensure compliance with 9 CFR part 313.1(b). Mr. [redacted] applied corrective actions in providing a wet bedding to the floor area in the livestock barn alleyway and securing all gates in the alleyway. Mr. [redacted] verbally proposed further preventive measures of applying an adequate bedding material to the alleyway and applying a more permanent method of securing the gates in the alleyway. After verification of the establishments immediate corrective actions the regulatory control action U.S. Reject Tag # B35 688650 was removed at approx. 1220 hours. Further review of Livestock pen # 1 observed a hole in the floor at the far side of the pen approx. 6" in diameter, wire fencing in far corner of the pen appeared to be bent inwards towards the pen, at the ramp side of the pen for the alleyway ramp metal was visible in the area which could possibly lead to injury of livestock and a large opening approx. 3' x 2' was observed under the area of the knocking pen within pen # 1 A Regulatory Control Action was taken as per 9 CFR 500.2 (a)(4), inhumane handling or slaughter of livestock. U.S. Reject Tag # B35 688649 was applied to the Livestock Pen # 1. Immediately informed Mr. [redacted] Plant Slaughter Supervisor verbally of the noncompliance with 9 CFR 313.1(a). Mr. [redacted] Plant Vice President was additionally informed in writing with this Noncompliance Record. Failure to meet these regulatory requirements can lead to enforcement actions as described in 9 CFR Part 500.4. You are hereby advised of your right to appeal this decision as delineated by 306.5 and/or 381.35 of 9CFR.

Regulation:

313.1(a) Livestock pens, driveways and ramps shall be maintained in good repair. They shall be free from sharp or protruding objects which may, in the opinion of the inspector, cause injury or pain to the animals. Loose boards, splintered or broken planking, and unnecessary openings where the head, feet, or legs of an animal may be injured shall be repaired.

 

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