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Dallas Work Accident Lawyer – A Vinyl Floor Manufacturer Faces $514,236 in OSHA Penalties Following 2 Workplace Injury Incidents

Thursday, January 4th, 2018
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English: Buildings on the eastern side of the 100 block of N. Main Street (State Route 18) on the Seneca County side of Fostoria, Ohio, . These buildings are part of the , a historic district that is listed on the . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Two workers were injured on the job at a vinyl floor manufacturer facility in Fostoria, Ohio. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conducted an inspection after the workplace injuries were reported. On December 21, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor announced in a press release that Nox US LLC, a luxury vinyl tile manufacturer in Ohio, is now facing proposed penalties in the amount of $514,236 for alleged safety violations. OSHA had responded to two separate employee injury reports in June 2017. One employee was working on a recycle material system and suffered partial amputations of two fingers. About two weeks earlier, one employee had his hand crushed in a tile machine and required surgery. Among the alleged safety violations OSHA cited the company for were: Failure to use adequate lockout/tagout procedures and devices to ensure that machine movement didn’t unintentionally occur and cause injury; failure to provide employees with training; and exposing workers to fall hazards. Following the OSHA inspection, the company was placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

Willful violations are the costliest type of OSHA violations, and Nox US was cited for four alleged willful violations. A willful violation is one in which the employer either acted with plain indifference to employee safety or knowingly failed to comply with a legal requirement. The following is information about one of those willful violations:

  • On or about July 10, 2017, according to OSHA investigators, the employer failed to protect employees from fall hazards as they were working and walking on the I-beams near the hopper of the PVC Recycle System on Line 1. These employees were conducting maintenance activities including but not limited to cleaning the hopper. Although the employees were exposed to falls of up to 40 feet from the I-beams to the floor below, they were not protected by methods such as safety net systems, guardrails, or personal fall arrest systems. The Proposed Penalty for the Alleged Violation: $126,749.

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