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Wisconsin manufacturer violates law, could cause work injury

Manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin are required to adhere to certain laws and regulations for the safety of the public and to help protect any employee from a work injury. A worker who inhales or comes into contact with a highly dangerous chemical may be given limited information regarding his or her potential workers' compensation benefits. When a company is responsible for failing to protect an employee from a work injury, it may be responsible for extensive compensation benefits to the injured worker.

A Wisconsin manufacturing facility was recently ordered to pay charges for violations equaling $80,000. The company is accused of violating the state's permit and air control laws and has been labeled as a potentially major creator of air pollution. The toxic chemical methylene chloride is commonly used at the facility and is well known for its poisonous properties. It has the ability to cause severe work injuries through damage to the nervous system, liver, lungs and mucus membranes to those who come into contact with the carcinogen.

The state of Wisconsin claims that the manufacturing facility failed to submit its emission inventory report by the deadline and further installed equipment that uses methylene chloride without a permit. The company is accused of continuing the operation of the newly installed equipment for years without necessary permits. Records indicate that the Department of Natural Resources made attempts to contact the facility and schedule inspections to no avail. The facility is further accused of lacking state required covers and labels on rotary washers and buckets and failing to test solvent as required by law.

Reports indicate that the manufacturing facility has complied with changes to solvent violations and intends to provide proper covering and labeling to necessary machinery in a timely manner. Respecting safety regulations in a dangerous work environment can help limit work injuries. An employee who has suffered a debilitating work injury from exposure to a toxic chemical may seek workers' compensation benefits to assist with the necessary cost of medical treatment.

Source:, Pleasant Prairie company to pay $80,000 for violating environmental laws, Janine Anderson, Jan. 23, 2014

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