The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) cited a Zaloudek Grain Co. facility in Oklahoma after a workplace accident, according to MMDNewsWire.com. OSHA inspected the facility after two 17-year-old workers had to have leg amputations after an accident. They became caught in a conveyor belt. OSHA cited 4 serious violations, including one for failure to cover the belt that caused the injuries in August of 2011.
“Employers who endanger the lives and limbs of their workers will be held accountable for putting them at risk,” said OSHA’s Dallas Regional Administrator John Hermanson. “In this case, the lives of two teenagers will never be the same.”
Other citations included failing to secure machine guards, failure to ensure that exits are free and clear, failure to provide visible exit signs and failure to properly train workers for working with grain structures. The proposed penalty fines total $21,500.
OSHA has also fined grain facilities in Ohio for similar violations recently. Have you or a loved one been injured on the job? Consult an experienced attorney to ensure you recover all damages to which you are entitled.
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