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OSHA cites Wisconsin plant for work accident

In an industrial setting, a work accident can have devastating consequences. Although it is possible for an employee who has experienced a work accident to walk away just shaken up, many who are hurt can suffer excruciating pain and permanent disability. The conclusion to a recent Wisconsin OSHA investigation cited a local plant with heavy fines for an accident involving a worker.

The Wisconsin industrial plant accused of safety violations by OSHA is responsible for the production of fuel and emission systems. A total of eight violations were named and cited in the agency's investigation, though one specific problem could be at fault for the injured employee's work accident. The issues recorded by OSHA included the company's inability to provide properly working safety equipment and defects with the provided safety equipment.

The accident occurred when the Wisconsin plant employee performed necessary duties while using a circuit breaker with a volt of 480. The worker was not wearing the safety equipment that would have provided protection, and, as a result, the worker suffered burns while working. The report did not state if the safety equipment had been made available or if the employee had lacked proper equipment training. Details regarding the seriousness of the injuries, recovery or possible disability were not released.

Wisconsin OSHA recommended a $119,000 citation at the conclusion of the investigation against the local plant. Although the company has the ability to contest OSHA's findings, workers' compensation may still be available for the employee burned in the work accident. A worker who has suffered devastating injuries while on the job may seek professional assistance in navigating the workers' compensation process.

Source: startribune.com, OSHA proposes $119,000 fine for SC-based Pure Power after worker burned at Wisconsin plant, No author, Dec. 24, 2013

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