A Chicago manufacturer was recently cited by OSHA officials for several serious workplace safety violations. Federal authorities say that Phoenix Electrical Manufacturing Co. was given $51,590 in proposed fines for exposing its workers to amputation injuries at a Chicago manufacturing facility.
“Phoenix Electrical Manufacturing has a responsibility to provide proper machine guarding to prevent workers from amputations and other serious injuries when operating machinery in its facility,” said Diane Turek, OSHA’s area director for its Chicago North Office in Des Plaines. “Companies that are cited for repeat violations demonstrate a disregard for worker safety and health.”
According to an OSHA press release, the manufacturer failed to guard all dangerous areas of a metal cutting saw. Workers were also observed using air that was dangerously compressed for cleaning.
OSHA Violations often matter in Chicago workplace injury cases because employers sometimes try to blame a serious workplace accident on a worker’s conduct. The presence of OSHA violations indicates that a manufacturer or construction contractor had a history of lax workplace standards which may have led to a worker’s injuries.