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Wisconsin company fined for work injury violations

An industrial worker who suffers from a severe injury while on the job may experience extreme pain and suffering both physically and mentally. A Wisconsin iron works company recently received a total of $119,000 in citations from OSHA for safety violations when a work injury brought attention to unsafe conditions. The maintenance supervisor who suffered the work injury was additionally exposed to potential electrocution, flash hazards and arc blasts, as were any other employees in the vicinity.

The iron company was cited for not providing adequate and necessary protective gear to the supervisor. In addition, the company was issued notices for seven electrical safety problems. Reports indicate that the violations listed by OSHA included insufficient safety training and safety implementation for electrical workers, as well as a lack of protective barriers, insulation, shields and providing gloves. Regular machinery testing and inspections were not completed, and safe working conditions were not approved before reenergizing circuits.

A burn or work injury caused from an arc flash can be severe and sometimes result in death. Flash explosions injure anywhere from five to 10 workers a day in America due to a number of causes, which are somewhat preventable with proper safety training and follow-up. An arc flash work injury can keep an employee from performing regular work duties for more than half a year.

The amount of wages lost to an electrical employee in Wisconsin who suffers a work injury can be staggering and cause great financial stress and difficulty. Records indicate that a victim of an arc flash can expect to incur $1.5 million in medical expenses -- perhaps more if permanent disability exists. A victim who has experienced an electrical injury may choose to investigate all possible options when collecting workers' compensation benefits.

Source: safety.blr.com, Arc flash burns lead to over $100K in fines. Are you in compliance?, No author, Jan. 6, 2014

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