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OSHA fines company $71,000 after workplace injury

Workplaces need to adhere to the various standards and guidelines that are dictated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Workplace accidents often lead to serious injuries that can lead to partial or total disabilities for the injured worker. Additionally, the worker might never be able to work at a new job or go back to the old job due to the workplace injury and the long-term effects of that injury.

Recently, one of the workers in Kemper Valve & Fitting Corp. suffered from a serious workplace injury on the job. The 32-year-old worker lost functionality in his left arm when it was pulled into the machine's rotating parts. OSHA has initiated an investigation into the matter to determine the cause of the workplace accident. A $71,000 penalty was ordered by OSHA after investigating the complicated medical procedure and rehabilitation that the employee had to pay for in order to recover from the workplace injury.

OSHA discovered that the employers violated various OSHA rules. One of the major violations that was found was that the worker was allowed to work with the guard door open. Furthermore, the employers were also not vigilant about their annual injury list. Not having a proper record of the number of injuries and workplace accidents that occur each year in the workplace was also a violation of the rules established by the Administration.

Worker's compensation is dependent on many factors. The injured worker will present evidence of the injury, along with the doctor's reports and expert testimony in order to prove the violation of the workplace guidelines laid down by OSHA.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Island Lake Company faces $71,000 OSHA fine after worker's injury," Alejandro Cancino, July 1, 2015

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