Connecticut Filter Manufacturer Exposed Workers to Serious Harm
New Haven, CT (Law Firm Newswire) October 19, 2011 - A recent inspection by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found a Putnam filter manufacturing plant in violation of 29 workplace health and safety standards and a potential of $120,650 in fines. Tank platforms were unguarded and posed a risk of falling. Flammable liquids were not properly stored. And no safety program was in place for workers who entered storage tanks.
“An employer can be held liable if they do not follow standard regulations and fail to provide a safe workplace for their employees,” said Connecticut industrial accident lawyer Michael A. Stratton, of Stratton Faxon Law Firm. “A workplace with heavy machinery and exposure to falls and injury should have steps in place to safeguard their workers’ wellbeing.”
OSHA is particularly concerned about confined spaces, such as storage tanks, that lack proper oxygen and contain potentially toxic chemicals. Pallflex Co., the filter manufacturer, had inadequate protective equipment for workers and did not perform chemical exposure monitoring. The company also did not maintain OSHA injury and illness records and did not conduct annual safety training. In total, they received 29 serious violations, and OSHA says all these issues lead to a “…substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.”
Workers injured on the job have rights to workers’ compensation to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and even vocational rehabilitation as needed. Beyond workers’ compensation, an employee can also begin a personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation from a third party.
The Connecticut industrial accident attorney team at Stratton Faxon helps individuals who have suffered a serious injury at their work site. They have settled and litigated multimillion awards for their clients. Their attorneys are accomplished Super Lawyers and listed among The Best Lawyers in America. To learn more, visit the Connecticut personal injury law firm at http://www.strattonfaxon.com.
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