The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited A. Finkl & Sons, a Chicago steel producer, for dozens of severe workplace safety violations on August 2. Because many of the violations are repeat offenses, the citation could be accompanied by a steep fine of up to $352,000.
During a February 2012 walkthrough of one of the company's plants, OSHA noted over two dozen safety violations, including "willful offenses" such as insufficiently maintaining industrial cranes and failing to provide safety railings around worksite pits. In light of these and some less egregious offenses, like failing to keep worker injury logs, OSHA has labeled A. Finkl & Sons a "severe violator" of mandated safety regulations.
This is not the first time the metal producer has faced hefty fines for worksite violations. In 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Justice levied a fine of $75,000 against Finkl and ordered the company to make over $500,000 in facility upgrades to settle charges of clean-air violations at one of its forging plants. That same year, OSHA cited the company for willful and repeat violations of fire and fall prevention safety standards at one of their other plant sites.
According to an OSHA statement, Finkl now has the opportunity to comply with the terms of the workplace violation citations or else contest the findings in front of an independent commission.
OSHA regulations are put in place to protect employees from unnecessary hazards at their place of work. If you or a loved one was hurt on the job, and your employer failed to follow standard OSHA requirements for workplace safety, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the workplace injury attorneys at Arnold & Itkin today for a free consultation.