Hastings processing plant sentenced after failing to report employee injuries
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A Hastings processing plant has been sentenced after it failed to report employees’ injuries to the Workers’ Compensation Court.
On Thursday, Noah’s Ark pleaded no contest in Adams County Court to three counts of failure to file a required report under the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Act.
Judge Michael Mead sentenced the company to fines totaling $3,000, according to the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office.
Noah’s Ark, a New Jersey-based cooperation, had been operating a plant in Hastings called WR Reserve.
The company had failed to report multiple injuries to the Workers’ Compensation Court to avoid increased insurance premiums, so the employees were unable to make a workers’ compensation claim, the Attorney General’s Office said.
When an employee is injured at work, it must be reported to the Workers’ Compensation Court within 10 days, according to the Attorney General’s Office.