The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's investigations into an Ohio company revealed multiple safety violations. Amsted Rail Company Inc., a manufacturer of cast steel freight components, has now been placed in OSHA's Severe Violator Program and faces a penalty of over $600,000.
Workers in the transportation and warehouse industries face many potential hazards, putting them at an increased risk for workplace accidents. According to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, approximately 3,500 employees in the transportation and warehouse industries suffer occupational injuries each year. The primary cause of these injuries is slip and fall accidents, which account for approximately 60 percent of all injuries resulting in eight or more days out of work.
Ohio workers work hard at their jobs every day. They expect that their workplace will be safe and that they won't have to worry about a workplace accident. Unfortunately, workplace accidents that cause serious injuries and even death happen each year in Ohio. A recent investigation shows that companies who have had a workplace death are not paying their full OSHA fine.
Accidents can happen at any workplace, but some workplaces are inherently more risky than others. These workplaces must make certain that their employees are as safe as possible, and protected by insurance if an accident does happen. y.
The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration is responsible for ensuring worker safety by devising and enforcing regulations that require employers to follow certain safety precautions. If an employer refuses to obey an OSHA order, the result can be a heavy fine. An Ohio foundry recently learned this lesson when a follow-up OSHA inspection found that the company was continuing to expose workers to workplace accidents involving machinery and fall hazards.
Workplace injuries often result from the failure of employers to install and use appropriate safety mechanisms. In a recent case in Ohio, the United States Occupational Health and Safety Administration fined Milark Industries, Inc., an auto parts manufacturer, $536,249 for a series of safety violations that the agency discovered after an extended investigation of numerous workplace accidents.