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OSHA cites company in work-related injuries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was recently called upon to investigate an accident that took place at a bottling plant. A temporary worker, in a state south of North Carolina, suffered work-related injuries that allegedly caused him to become permanently disabled. Reports state that the company was ultimately fined $84,000 for alleged safety breaches, which could possibly cause potential danger to workers.

Among the cited violations were failure to conduct an annual inspection and lack of training for new employees, as well as failing to ensure safety during maintenance and service. OSHA representatives claim that many of the reports they receive involve temporary workers who suffer injury or death on the job. They further indicated that responsibility must be shared between the host employer and the temp agency.

The gentleman in this case had only been on the job for 12 days. He was attempting to clear a jammed machine that packs cases of bottled water onto pallets. The machine allegedly started to run in the process and pinned him between the conveyor and elevator. 

Work-related injuries in North Carolina usually signify that an employee will be entitled to compensation benefits. If a worker is killed on the job, his or her family members may receive the benefits. Whether a full-time employee or temp worker, employees have the right to expect compensation when an accident at work has rendered them incapable of continued employment. At times, it is helpful to seek the advice of an experienced legal professional when entering the process of requesting one's benefits.

Source: plasticsnews.com, "Temp worker disabled in accident at bottle plant", Jan. 19, 2015

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