This week OSHA has been hard at work ensuring companies are held responsible for their workers’ safety. OSHA, who are the Occupational Safety and Health Administration , assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance according to their website.
OSHA inspected Durand-Wayland Inc. in LaGrange on Jan. 29 in response to a complaint. Inspectors cited the company for 11 serious and 10 other safety violations based on the employer’s failure to:
- Identify confined spaces
- Test air quality
- Develop a procedure to prevent machinery from starting up during maintenance.
- Protect workers from fall hazards.
- Provide personal protective equipment for workers exposed to welding hazards.
- Protect workers from moving parts from a tapping and threading machine that was missing a safety guard.
Confined-space, amputation and fall hazards were among violations that prompted the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration to propose $44,710 in penalties against this Georgia manufacturing plant.
On the other side of the state this week, Cairo-based Ansley Metal Fabrication and Repair was cited on July 27 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for willfully exposing workers to a potential fall from a roof and not providing proper training, violations carrying $53,900 in fines, according to an OSHA news release.
Ansley’s workers were installing metal roofing panels on a new structure in Donaldson, Georgia, when OSHA’s inspectors arrived and found the laborers not wearing gear to protect them from a 30-foot fall. The company admitted it was aware of the requirement and was cited with one willful and one serious safety violation, according to the release.
We get calls daily about their employer not providing a safety environment for them and their workers. Consequently, they are injured due to the lack of safety and sadly, the insurer and companies often times deny treatment to these individuals. As a reminder, workers compensation in Georgia is a NO FAULT system which means, it does not matter if the injury was caused by you or someone else, the company should be held responsible for providing medical care and income benefits if you are placed out of work.
For help with your work injury case or for questions about your rights to care under workers’ compensation, call our firm for a free consultation. Contact us today at 678-562-5595.