Hillshire Brands fined after worker’s death

Ricardo Ramos-Bermudez. (Undated courtesy photo)

OLIVE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A meat processing plant in Ottawa County has been fined thousands of dollars after a worker died on the job.

In May, 49-year-old Ricardo Ramos-Bermudez’s clothes became entangled in a piece of machinery at Hillshire Brands’ Olive Township plant. Investigators say his clothing strangled him.

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration records show that on Oct. 1, Hillshire Brands was fined $12,600 for the incident. MIOSHA found two “serious violations,” but online records did not provide details about the nature of those violations.

The fine actually paid may be different — MIOSHA fines are frequently negotiated down.

Records also show Hillshire Brands has been fined another $4,500 for problems during an inspection in July. Online records also didn’t provide details about that fine.

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