When an employee is injured on the job it can cause not only physical pain, but at times financial stress as well. Most people probably go to work with the expectation they are working in a safe environment. However, an Illinois company is now facing OSHA fines and legal action after several workers were injured on the job.
An explosion happened at an aerosol paint manufacturer plant and seriously injured three people. The company is now facing a $262,000 OSHA fine as a result of 26 serious violations that were discovered. Locked exits as well as snow blocked exits are only a couple of the violations that the company was fined for. Both of these actions caused employees to be stuck in the building longer than they otherwise would have been since they were forced to find an alternate exit.
The state took action by filing a lawsuit against the company and shutting the company down until a cause was determined. Although action was taken, the three employees may still consider taking action of their own. They could be entitled to compensation to help cover the cost of their medical bills and other accident related expenses. Having an understanding of the state laws could help an employee determine if further action is warranted.
Any Illinois resident that has been injured on the job understands what a difficult time this can be. They could be facing not only medical bills, but the time they miss from work could also create a financial burden on them and their family. With the proper knowledge of one’s rights they can be hopeful the appropriate compensation will be received.
Source: The Courier-News, OSHA fines aerosol paint manufacturer $262k after explosion, No author, Sept. 5, 2013