Employees at manufacturing plants in Colorado and throughout the country may often have hazardous working environments. Depending on the industry, workers could have to deal with large equipment or heavy machinery that could cause potential accidents. Certainly, companies have procedures so that the jobs can be executed safely. However, despite safety guidelines, some workplace accidents still occur. One plant in another state has had two fatally injured workers in the past seven months.
Mohawk, a flooring manufacturer, is being investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for the second time since Sept. 2017. In late March, an employee died after he was hit by a roller in the plant. The 2017 incident involved a woman who was killed when she was pulled into a machine. Following that incident, the company was fined for safety violations by OSHA.
The current investigation will determine if the company had violations that were repeated or willful. If so, the fine would be over $129,000 per violation. OSHA records show that Mohawk has been fined over $1 million for safety violations at several locations. Previous citations stated that the company had not adequately protected its operators when working with certain machinery.
Injured workers or their families should contact a Colorado workers’ compensation attorney for assistance. A knowledgeable lawyer will work on behalf of clients to ensure that they receive all the benefits to which they are entitled. Also, if a company has failed to maintain a safe working environment or adequate training, additional litigation may be pursued. A respected attorney will help workers and their families navigate through every step of the legal process.
Source: chatsworthtimes.com, “OSHA investigates Mohawk … again”, Chuck Hamby, March 28, 2018