Recently, OSHA announced the citation of Insinger Machine Company for violating safety guidelines and exposing workers to serious safety and health hazards at the company's Philadelphia location. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration started an investigation into the company in February of 2012 as a part of the agency's Site Specific Targeting Program. The program looks at companies with the highest rates of illness or injury.
As a result of the investigation, OSHA leveled a fine of $67,450 on the company.
Violations found by the agency included 23 serious violations such as failing to improve electrical hazards, potentially hazardous energy and failing to provide proper safety equipment. Other citations included failing to provide a hearing conservation program or training, lack of an eyewash station, no marked doorways as exits, no fire extinguishers mounted and easily accessible among many others. Serious violations occur when there is substantial probability that death or serious harm can occur and the employer knew or should have known about the conditions.
Additional penalties in the form of other than serious violations were noted as well.
The company, which employs about 50 people in the manufacturing of food service and institutional dishwashers, has 15 days to comply with these orders.
Employees may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits after they sustain injuries on the job. Workers' compensation requirements state that many employers must have insurance to cover workers' injuries. For those who have been injured on the job, consulting with a skilled workers' compensation attorney can ensure their rights are protected.
Source: OSHA, "US Labor Department's OSHA proposes more than $67,000 in fines to Philadelphia dishwasher manufacturer for workplace hazards," August 8, 2012.
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