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Workers' compensation needed for Wisconsin foundry workers

A Wisconsin foundry has been investigated recently by the nation's Occupational and Health Safety Administration. The foundry, which mainly focuses on production of metals, allegedly allowed workers to be exposed to crystalline silica dust and other harmful substances. This atmosphere creates a dangerous workplace for the men and women who work at the foundry, and can lead to illnesses that could cause some to seek workers' compensation.

The employer that owns the Wisconsin foundry and many companies in several locations all over the world is a repeat offender when it comes to workplace safety. There have been many previous claims that have been reported by workers as unsafe working conditions, and even after investigations have been conducted, the employer has reportedly failed to make the necessary changes to improve safety. Twenty-four safety violations have now been reported.

Some of the safety concerns in the Wisconsin foundry include unguarded railings and not providing sufficient protective equipment for eyes, hands and faces of the workers. Also, many of the employees have not received proper training on how to safely use the dangerous chemicals they work with on a regular basis, and there has not been enough done to protect workers from respiratory harm. OHSA reports that many of these conditions could cause serious physical harm or death to the workers, and the employer most likely knew about these problems and did nothing to alleviate the problems.

The company that owns the Wisconsin foundry has fifteen days to comply with these mandates from OHSA. Legally, employers are required to provide safe and healthy workplaces. It is fortunate that workers all over America have OHSA, whose role it is to enforce the laws and standards regarding worker safety. Also, many employees can file workers' compensation claims if they are injured while working. This can help cover some of the costs that are associated with on-the-job injuries and work-related illnesses.

Source: workerscompensation.com, "WI Iron Foundry Racks up Nearly $275,000 in Proposed Health Violation Fines," Feb. 6, 2013

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