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Wisconsin ceramic mold facility cited for work injury hazards

Workplace safety is often an important topic for Wisconsin workers, especially those who work in an environment that may be particularly hazardous. Those companies which are found to repeatedly violate health and safety standards may find themselves facing fines from the nation's Occupational Safety & Health Administration. This is the case for one Wisconsin mold manufacturing company, which has been cited for safety violations related to respiratory hazards that could potentially lead to a work injury.

The company, Joy-Mark, Inc., has been zinged by OSHA for exposing workers to respiratory hazards and failure to train workers on appropriate use of respirators three years running, from 2009 to 2011. To top off that three-year streak, the company was just cited for the same issues after an investigation in Oct. 2012. OSHA has leveled fines in the amount of $50,050 against Joy-Mark in the wake of this most recent investigation.

According to an OSHA representative, the company has repeatedly failed in its duty to stay abreast of the dangers to employees as far as respiratory hazards go. Further, Joy-Mark has reportedly failed to take the necessary steps to train workers how to properly use adequate respirators to protect them from dangerous airborne ceramic fibers that they are often exposed to while on the job. This is especially concerning because the facility employs 65 workers in Cudahy, Wisconsin.

At any time, one of these workers could suffer a work injury due to inhaling these harmful fibers. Workers who face similar hazards at other companies-or any at this facility who have already been injured-may wish to look into the options they have for filing for workers' compensation benefits. An injured worker is entitled to have their medical and other related expenses covered after suffering an injury while working. Understanding these rights can help a worker make sure that they and their families are sufficiently protected after being injured through no fault of their own.

Source:, "Wisconsin Facility Cited for Respiratory Standard Violations," April 12, 2013

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