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OSHA inspectors fine business over serious safety violations

Workplace accidents can impact employees in every work setting and industry. There are certain industries, however, that by their very nature are more hazardous. For example, in recent years the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ramped up efforts to enforce safe workplace policies at those businesses within the metals industry. 

Employees who work within the metals industry often work in large warehouses filled with machines, equipment and various chemicals. This work environment, coupled with typical work duties, puts those who work within the metals industry at an increased risk of suffering a variety of workplace injuries

One business, that specializes in making equiptment for the U.S. military, was recently fined more than $170,000 after OSHA inspectors found several safety violations. OSHA inspectors noted a  total of 33 health and safety violations, four of which were repeat violations from a 2009 inspection.

Some of the most serious violations included several fall hazards, failure to enforce the use of protective gear and and equipment, defective safety latches on equipment and electrical safety violations. Violations such as these could easily result in the serious injury or death of a worker. 

In workplaces where employees must operate machinery and work in close proximity to various types of equipment, it's imparative that employers take safety seriously. Failure to do so puts workers at risk of suffering injuries and opens a business up to possible litigation. 

Each year, thousands of U.S. employers sustain serious and life-threatening injuries. Employers who fail to provide for the safety and wellbeing of employees are negligent and should be held liable. 

Source: Dayton Daily News, "Franklin company faces propoesed $170,000 fine," May 21, 2013

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