Peanut Plant Fined After Worker Death

An Edenton peanut plant was scheduled to meet with state labor officials today to discuss a $28,000 fine.

Seabrook Ingredients was also given five serious citations by the North Carolina Department of Labor after Steven Phelps died back in November. At the time police said the 25-year-old man's safety harness became entangled in machinery.

The citations say the company allowed employees to clean equipment that had unguarded moving parts without first locking out the equipment.

The state says Phelps was cleaning out a 5,000 gallon stainless steel tank when his safety device became wrapped around the unguarded shaft of the drive motor, which was still running.

Seabrook is a peanut processing plant. Their website says the Edenton plant does peanut dry roasting, peanut extracts & peanut butter.

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