The United States Department of Labor's Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) recently announced its decision to cite Horn Packaging Corporation of Lancaster, Massachusetts for multiple safety violations following an investigation of a fatal accident late last year.
On November 7, 2011, a worker was fatally injured when he became entangled in the unguarded drive shaft while operating a corrugated box making machine. OSHA issued the company a willful citation - a violation committed with voluntary disregard for the law's requirements or indifference to worker safety - for the unguarded shaft.
In addition, the company faces citations for multiple other violations, including:
- Failure to prevent machine guarding hazards
- Lack of a written chemical hazard communication program
- Lack of covers on electrical boxes
- Deficiencies in their hazardous energy control program, which prevents machinery from accidentally starting up during maintenance
In all, Horn faces proposed fines of $130,300.
Under federal law, employers are obligated to provide their employees with a safe workplace. OSHA investigations such as this one help prevent serious workplace accidents.
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If you or someone you love has been injured at work, contact an experienced Massachusetts workers' compensation attorney. A knowledgeable workers' compensation lawyer can assess your case and help you get the compensation for medical bills you deserve. For more information, contact a workers' compensation attorney today.
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