A great percentage of injuries that people suffer are sustained at the workplace. This may be due to the fact that Americans spend more time on the job than citizens from nearly every other country. While some injuries may be minor, if a person is working with heavy, dangerous or powerful equipment, injuries sustained in a workplace accident can be quite severe.
Typically, an organization called the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is responsible for assuring that working conditions are safe and healthful. They also provide training and enforce safety standards. Recently, OSHA proposed a fine of $84,000 for a Bloomington, Illinois, company for committing various safety violations.
According to reports, the Illinois company in question operates a grain-handling facility in Wisconsin. After a recent investigation, it was determined that the company had knowingly neglected to protect workers who must enter a very large grain bin.
It was also cited that specific materials and equipment were not in place to help workers in the event that they become trapped inside the grain bins. OSHA stated that the company should have had body harnesses and rescue equipment available inside the bins, which they do not currently have.
The company who allegedly violated a number of safety standards by neglecting to provide the proper equipment is aware of the fines. They can either pay the fines in the next 15 days or contest the accusations.
There were no injuries specified with the OSHA report, but the unsafe conditions that existed can put employees in serious danger of being hurt. In the event that a person is injured in the workplace, determining exactly what happened may help a victim assign liability.
Source: Chicago Tribune, "OSHA accuses Ill. Firm of violations in Wisconsin," Jan. 25, 2012