Posted On: September 11, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

OSHA Fines Illinois Company $275,000 for Workplace Safety Violations that Could Cause Worker Injuries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing a $275,000 fine against a Lombard, Illinois company for numerous safety and health violations that could cause serious injury to workers. In this case, the company Metal Improvement Co. was doing business as E/M Coating Services.

Although a worker injured on the job generally cannot sue an employer for personal injury, he or she is usually entitled to Illinois workers’ compensation benefits regardless of who was responsible for causing the work accident. This, however, does not mean that companies are allowed to become careless and violate standards of safety and health that are there to protect workers.

According to OSHA, E/M Coating Services committed 10 serious and six repeated violations. Safety hazards involved fire hazards in a spray booth, the absence of a sprinkler system in the booth, electrical and equipment concerns, incorrect oxygen cylindrical storage, fall protection deficiencies, inadequate personal protective equipment, no shower and emergency eyewash facilities, violations involving confined entry space, and respirator equipment fit issues.

Because of the nature of their jobs, many workers in the metal treatment industry and other industrial fields are exposed to working conditions that could cause injury or prove hazardous to their health unless the proper safety and health precautions are in place.

If you are a worker injured on the job or you believe that your illness was caused by conditions in your place of work, a good Illinois workers' compensation lawyer can help you consider your options.

Illinois Company Fined $275K for Workplace Safety Violations, September 11, 2009

Lombard metal coating company cited for workplace safety issues by OSHA, WQAD, September 5, 2009

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Occupational Safety and Health Administration

An experienced Chicago workers’ compensation law firm can make sure that your interests are protected when dealing with your company’s insurer.

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