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Employer fined after man suffers on-the-job injury

Sometimes workplace injuries cannot be avoided in North Carolina, even when employees try to take extra precautions in the workplace. One man in another state recently suffered an on-the-job injury involving a machine coiler. His employer may face a fine as a result of the incident.

While the man was working at a plant, his right hand became caught in the pinchpoint of a machine. This caused him to suffer fractures to three of his fingers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, investigated the accident.

OSHA ended up proposing a fine of $70,000 for the plant where the man was injured. The administration said the plant committed a safety violation by not making sure that the machine being used by the man had appropriate safety guards. OSHA said the company would need to re-evaluate its health and safety programs to make sure that employees were being protected from hazards on the job.

Most North Carolina companies are required to buy workers' compensation insurance, which benefits workers who are hurt on the job. The benefit of this type of insurance is two-fold. First, it enables an employee who has suffered an on-the-job injury to receive a portion of his or her regular weekly wages no matter who was at fault for the accident. Second, employers enjoy protection against being sued by their employees. It is within the rights of any employee who has been injured in the workplace to pursue an appropriate amount of workers' compensation benefits with proper legal guidance.

Source: portclintonnewsherald.com, "OSHA fines Materion $70,000 after worker injured", July 15, 2016

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