The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued fines against textile and chemical manufacturer, Uretek Archer LLC, over safety violations that resulted in the serious injuries of four workers earlier this year. According to WorkersCompensation.com, the company must pay roughly $74,000 for the violations.
The penalties stem from an incident that occurred in July at the company’s facility located on Lenox Street in Bridgeport, Connecticut. OSHA officials say the four workers received Fire and Burn Injuries after residue on the plant’s machinery ignited.
Investigators determined the fire was caused by the company failing to take measures to eliminate ignition sources, and that the company failed to have procedures in place that would have prevented the fire. One such measure is known as a tagout/lockout procedure that prevents machinery from starting during cleaning and maintenance. Furthermore, the company had a faulty fire alarm system and failed to provide protective equipment to workers. These violations resulted in approximately $14,000 in fines.
Two repeat violations were addressed as well with another $60,000 in penalties. Those citations included failing to perform annual inspections of its procedures as well as not having policies in place that oversee the care and maintenance of powered equipment.
The Connecticut Personal Injury Law Firm of Carter Mario Law Firm are hopeful the fines will be productive in forcing the company to provide workers with a safer environment in which to do their jobs.