Posted On: May 29, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

OSHA Orders Belvidere Company to Pay $510,000 Fine for Deadly Blast that Killed Trucker and Exposed Workers to Hazards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered NDK Crystals Inc. to pay a $510,000 fine for allegedly serious and egregious federal workplace safety standards violations related to a blast killed a trucker and exposed other employees to hazardous conditions.

The truck driver, Ronald Greenfield was in the parking lot of a service station when he was hit by a large chunk of debris last December. The debris came from the company’s crystal manufacturing building. Also injured was a woman who worked Grupo Antolin Illinois Inc. She was thrown during the explosion and treated at the scene before being released. The blast also exposed workers at the facility to hazards that were created as a result.

The explosion happened because a pressurized vessel exploded. Chunks of concrete, glass, sheet metal, and other debris went flying several hundred feet.

If you were injured in a work accident you must file your Illinois workers’ compensation claim as soon as possible so that your employer’s insurer can start covering your medical bills. You have enough to worry about without stressing out about whether or not you can pay for the medical care that you need. Even if your employer did not cause the injury you are likely entitled to Illinois work injury benefits. You also may be able to sue the party responsible for your work accident for Illinois personal injury.

OSHA fines NDK Crystals $510,000 for violations, Chicago Breaking News, May 27, 2010

NDK review may take months,, December 9, 2009

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Occupational Safety and Health Administration

To determine what your legal options are, please contact Chicago workers’ compensation attorney Steve Malman. Our Illinois workers’ compensation law firm is committed to making sure that injured workers and their families receive their work injury benefits, as well as their Chicago wrongful death or personal injury from all liable third parties.

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