C & H Die Casting Inc. of Troy, Texas is facing a possible $66,400 in fines for violating 15 safety and health standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), including electrical shock hazards. Some of these penalties were repeat fines from a previous inspection in 2013. Repeat violations bring a $22,000 penalty.
In C & H’s last inspection, the company was cited for 30 of violations, which led to $112,500 in fines. Although the company has since cut its violations down by half, even one violation can lead to a serious on the job injury.
The OSHA Act of 1970 requires employers to have a workplace that is both safe and healthful. Our hope is that these fines will compel this company to look out for its approximately 315 workers.
Are Electrical Shock Hazards a Common Workplace Violation?
According to OSHA statistics, electrical shock hazards are one of the top 10 most commonly cited work hazards. The standards set by OSHA for electrical hazards are designed to protect workers from electric shock, electrocution, fires and explosions.
Electrocution is especially common in jobs like construction. In fact, 8.9 percent of all construction fatalities are caused by electrocution.
Where Can I Find a Personal Injury Attorney in Austin?
Sometimes companies cut corners with safety regulations to generate a higher profit, which can put their own workers in danger. Such companies should be punished. If you have been hurt on the job in the Austin-area, and need legal representation, then call our workplace injury attorney at The Law Offices of Aaron Allison.
[Did You Know? Electrocution is the third most common fatality for construction workers, according to OSHA.]
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