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OSHA fines Pennsylvania business after workers put at risk


Workplaces can pose serious dangers to Pennsylvania workers. In order to try and prevent workplace accidents - and therefore injuries to employees - the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has enacted a series of safety regulations that help to keep workers safe. These regulations help to define what safety measures Pennsylvania workplaces have to take to lower the risk of workplace accidents.

Recently, OSHA has had to fine one business in Pennsylvania for not following these safety regulations. According to reports, OSHA has fined the factory more than $75,000 for 13 safety and health violations. These violations included blocked electrical panels, improper safety guards, improper electrical equipment and a deficient emergency eyewash system. These were all repeat violations and had been present in November 2008. New violations for the company included exposed live volts, and other electrical hazards.

These serious violations put the company's 37 workers at risk of a workplace accident. They could have resulted in serious physical harm or death had an accident occurred. In many workplaces, fines and violations from OSHA come too late - after a work-related injury has occurred.

When workers are injured in a workplace accident, those workers can be left with serious injuries to deal with. While the employer may be able to hire someone to replace the injured worker, the worker is stuck dealing with the effects of the workplace accident.

Workers who find themselves in this situation should make sure to understand their legal rights. Workers' compensation may be available to minimize the financial burden caused by the accident. Workers' compensation can provide reimbursement for lost wages, medical expenses and other costs caused by a workplace accident.

Source: Warminster Patch, "Philadelphia Macaroni cited by U.S. Labor Department's OSHA," Alison Smith, Feb. 4, 2014

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