Metal plant faces fines for dangerous conditions

Florida employers have an obligation to keep employees safe. When one worker gets hurt, it may not be that big of a big deal. However, when the same violations keep occurring over and over, the company is putting its employees at risk, allowing severe injuries and even deaths to occur. A plant in Connecticut was recently fined for multiple safety violations, prompting an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA inspected Har-Conn Chrome Co., a metal finishing plant in West Hartford, after the company was accused of repeat violations. The agency found workers exposed to toxic chemicals and other workplace hazards without any eye or hand protection. There were also no guards on shafting and grinding machines, and the company lacked first aid supplies.

The company was fined $36,960 for repeat violations and another $29,260 from OSHA for nine other serious offenses. OSHA levied the fines over concerns that employees could be exposed to dangerous conditions. Without proper protection, workers can become seriously injured due to exposure to fires. Chemical burns can cause eye injuries. Har-Conn Chrome Co. has 15 days to file an appeal.

The company does not seem to regard safety as a priority, which is a huge liability issue. The fines are just the beginning. Should anyone become injured on the job – or worse yet, killed – the company could be sued for damages, which could exceed hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. If multiple employees become injured, it will affect the company’s workforce and possibly cause the business to shut down. Employees injured at the workplace have various legal options to consider. If a lawsuit is filed, not only could the company be forced to pay workers’ compensation benefits, but additional expenses and damages as well.

Source: 
The Courant, “Har-Conn Cited For Dangerous Conditions” Mara Lee, Nov. 01, 2013