OSHA Settles Fines for Toledo Facility
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has agreed to settle fines for safety violations with a Toledo facility, according to the Toledo Blade. After a worker at a NuCentry Textile Services LLC facility suffered arm and hand injuries earlier this year, OSHA officials inspected the facility. The employee was attempting to service a folding machine when he was injured. The worker died less than a month later from complications related to his injury.
OSHA cited the facility for a missing guard on the folding machine, as well as failure to ensure safety procedures for workers repairing the machines. Other violations turned up during OSHA’s inspection were for exposing employees to possible electrocution from a damaged power switch as well as failure to provide proper personal protective equipment.
Initial proposed fines from OSHA totaled $40,000, but OSHA agreed to settle the fines for $19,600 after NuCentry agreed to hire a safety consultant and in light of its good track record. Despite all of this, the fine seems a little light for a violation that ultimately took the life of a worker. If you were hurt at work and need to file for workers comp, please call our office today at (614) 221-7548.
Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC—Columbus workers comp attorneys.