OSHA, a part of the Department of Labor, has cited the MBTA for workplace safety violations at the Commuter Rail Maintenace Facility in Somerville. Some of the hazards to which employees were exposed include electric shock, blood-borne pathogens, and amputation.
The citation by OSHA to the MBTA is dated October 18 and gives the MBTA 15 days to pay the fines or challenge the citation. The MBTA responded to the citation citing their drop in workplace injuries by 58%.
There were 22 "serious" violations according to OSHA which came with a bill of $130,800. One such violation is that workers who clean the trains were exposed to blood-borne pathogens and were not offered the Hepatitis B vaccine. Additionally, an exit from the facility was partially blocked by a cabinet used to store flammable materials.
If you have been injured in a workplace accident, contact the Boston workplace injury attorneys of Pulgini & Norton at 1-888-344-2046 to discuss your injury and to learn about workers' compensation.
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