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Wisconsin foundry cited for 28 potential work accident hazards

Workplace safety is often especially important to Wisconsin workers involved in any type of factory occupation. Hazards can often abound in a factory setting, so it is important that employers take every reasonable precaution to protect their workers' safety. Failing to do so often results in a work accident that could seriously injure workers who are simply doing their jobs. In the most extreme cases, work accidents can cause fatal injuries to factory workers.

Recently, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited a foundry called Grede Wisconsin Subsidiaries LLC for a slew of safety and health violations. The violations totaled 28 in number, with 3 of those being considered repeat violations that the foundry had been previously warned were potential hazards. Alarmingly, 24 out of the 28 violations were termed "serious" violations.

Serious violations are those that companies either know about or should know about that are highly likely to lead to serious harm or death. A significant portion of the foundry's safety violations center around worker respiratory exposure to silica dust, along with dangers like unguarded railings and inadequate personal safety gear being provided to workers. Additionally, OSHA maintains that the company does not conduct sufficient safety training or provide enough medical evaluations or fitness testing to workers.

OSHA and Wisconsin labor officials often take such workplace safety issues seriously. They remain focused on increasing worker safety and decreasing the chance of a work accident that can seriously injure or even kill workers. Those workers who have already been injured while on-the-job in the factory industry may wish to pursue workers' compensation benefits to help cover their medical and related expenses, like lost wages. Similarly, surviving family members of a worker who has been killed may be able to apply for workers' compensation survivor benefits to help provide for a family in the wake of an unexpected loss.

Source: Recycling Today, "OSHA Fines Foundry for Exposing Workers to Crystalline Silica Dust," March 12, 2013

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