An Omaha food-processing company has lost its appeal of a $100,000 penalty for violating federal child labor laws. A news release Wednesday from the U.S. Department of Labor says the department had cited Progressive Protein LLC after a 17-year-old worker died on a forklift accident in 2009. The department says the company had allowed Miguel Herrera-Soltero to operate the forklift, violating federal law.
The department said Progressive Protein knew the boy was in high school and should have checked his age. The company appealed the civil penalty. Administrative Law Judge Stephen Purcell rejected the appeal.
Speaking for the company Wednesday, Bill Rhein said there would be no comment on the judge's action.