Does OSHA Fine Companies for Injuries and Deaths?

Colorado based meat-packing company JBS USA has been fined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for a workplace accident that led to a fatality. A 54-year-old man was killed when his hair was caught in a conveyer belt.

OSHA cited the company $45,000 for failing to have appropriate guards on plant equipment and for failing to implement regulations regarding the safe use of machinery. Failing to control machinery while performing maintenance can lead to injuries such as burns and amputations, or in the worst-case scenario, death. This is the second time the multinational company has been fined by OSHA for having an unsafe work environment.

Can I Sue My Employer If I Have Been Injured in an Industrial Accident?

OSHA levies fines based on the type of infraction committed by the company. According to OSHA, JBS USA has been cited for a repeated violation, which is when a company has been previously cited for an unsafe practice or work condition, and has done nothing to fix it. JBS USA has also been fined for a serious violation, which can happen when an employee is injured or killed because of an unsafe working condition.

Industrial settings have to utilize strict safety standards to protect the lives of workers. If a worker is killed or injured while on the job, OSHA has the option of investigating. Although OSHA is a federal and state organization, limitations can apply and it may not be able to take on every case. Regardless of the outcome, employees can still file for civil damages against their employer if they are catastrophically injured due to unsafe working conditions.

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