A manufacturing plant is facing over $170,000 in fines after a recent OSHA inspection that revealed many of the same safety violations that were cited in previous inspections. Some of the citations in this instance involved failing to provide adequate protective gear, failing to provide adequate safety guards on industrial machines, and failing to properly train workers regarding the hazards of excessive noise and chemicals. The name of the facility is A & B Foundry & Machining and it is located in Franklin, Ohio. It employs approximately 55 workers.
Failure to ensure the safety of workers can lead to serious workplace injuries. Workplace accidents can be greatly reduced in the manufacturing industry when employers pay more attention to the safety of their workers. Hopefully, this sizable fine will grab the attention of the owners of this facility and force them to comply with established safety protocols. No manufacturer should be allowed to place profits over the safety of their employees.
Fortunately, if someone is injured while working at a manufacturing plant such as this one in Ohio, he or she may be entitled to receive worker’s compensation benefits. These benefits include compensation for lost wages due to an injury or illness, medical treatment for as long as is needed to treat the injury or illness, and additional compensation if the injury or illness leads to a permanent disability or impairment. These benefits are available to all workers, regardless of who is to blame for the accident in the first place.
For employees who work in areas of increased risk, like the manufacturing plant above, it is important to become educated about one’s rights and protections in the event of a workplace accident. Employees should understand how to obtain the best possible outcome in case they are seriously injured during the course of employment.
Source: United States Department of Labor, “Lack of personal protective equipment among 33 violations cited by US Labor Department’s OSHA at A & B Foundry & Machining in Franklin, Ohio,” May 21, 2013