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Company fined for failure to prevent potential work injuries

Manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin can be dangerous environments to work in if employers do not take the time to apply safety regulations and prevent work injuries. A victim of an on-the-job injury may not have been properly trained, which may have contributed to the cause of the accident. A machinery factory was recently accused by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration for violating 13 health and safety regulations that had the potential to cause devastating work injuries.

A concerned employee filed a grievance, which prompted the initial investigation. The worker claims that regulations for protection while using machinery were being disregarded and employees were regularly exposed to situations that could cause permanent personal injuries. The company has been fine $139,000 for what were reported as inappropriate practices and preventable hazards discovered within the factory.

The series of violations filed against the company include failing to create a safe environment and protecting employees from potential amputation and severe bodily harm. Reports indicate that the company has been cited in the past for similar violations. The highest-risk and more serious of the citations were for inappropriate storage of flammable materials in walkways, lack of chemical labels and failure to safety train employees for fire emergencies. The company is accused of failing to train workers on how to use certain protection equipment and not providing necessary gear.

A deep laceration or the loss of a limb can be devastating for a Wisconsin employee and could cause long term disability. Agency representatives believe that companies which continuously face citation for safety failures may not be dedicated to protecting their employees. An employee who has experienced debilitating work injuries may seek help in collecting all available workers’ compensation benefits to avoid financial strain.

Source: cleveland.com, "OSHA cites Kobelco Stewart Bolling Inc. in Hudson for violations, including those that could lead to amputation", Olivera Perkins, May 16, 2014

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