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Wisconsin plant's safety hazards could lead to work injuries

An ingredient manufacturer in Wisconsin was recently cited for extensive violations regarding health and safety regulations that could lead to severe work injuries. The company faces a fine for $449,680 for the dangerous conditions and hazardous practices discovered. An employee that is exposed to certain chemicals used by the plant could suffer extensive and painful work injuries.

The plant is responsible for manufacturing products used in pharmaceutical products, fragrances and flavors. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration accused the company of intentionally violating seven regulations, in addition to a number of serious infractions. The company was made a part of the agency’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program from the recent discoveries made.

The employees that handled chemicals were constantly placed in severely hazardous situations without the protection of a safe working environment. The federal agency stepped in to help ensure workers have a safe place to work. The inspection that uncovered the problematic conditions was instigated following citations made in a sister plant that were not corrected by the company.

Thionyl chloride, a highly toxic chemical, is regularly used in the manufacturing facility and can cause serious damage to the respiratory system, eyes and skin when exposed. A Wisconsin company that handles chemicals and does not adhere to safety standards could be placing their employees at great risk for work injuries. A person that has been the victim of an accident while working may seek help in ensuring they receive all available compensation benefits and that their employer corrects any negligent practices. The benefits are regulated at the state level and are intended to cover workers that are injured or become ill on-the-job.

Source: biztimes.com, "OSHA proposes $449,680 fine for Fontarome Chemical", , June 12, 2014

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