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Connecticut company slapped with OSHA fines

A Connecticut construction company finds itself facing large fines for failing to abide by safety standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The company must pay for violating worker safety regulations in multiple areas and will have to make some adjustments before its failures result in an accident at work.The Connecticut business received a negative evaluation from a recent OSHA investigation regarding safety and health standards within the industry. OSHA cited the company for multiple infractions including inadequate protections from falls and electrical hazards. Additionally, the construction business did not provide appropriate training regarding lead hazards or the purpose, selection and use of respirators. OSHA states company employees were exposed to high levels of lead from paint scrapings and also noted the lack of employee medical evaluations for the purposes of determining fitness for respirators. OSHA fined the business over $100,000 for all of the citations. The company now has 15 business days to contest the findings or make the appropriate reparations.Under OSHA regulations, employers must fulfill certain obligations in order to provide a safe workplace environment for their employees. Included in these requirements is the duty to inform employees of the safety standards applicable to their work, inform employees of the existence and availability of medical and exposure records and complete a written, comprehensive hazard program that dictates provisions for dealing with hazardous materials, such as lead. Employers that fail to meet these standards will receive a citation to remedy any discovered hazards and may be required to pay a fine for each violation. Employees know of certain risks and hazards prominent within their chosen field of work. However, employers are required to do their part in creating the safest work environment possible. Additionally, workers compensation claims help individual employees harmed due to an employer's negligence receive the medical care and wage compensation they deserve.

Source: Insurance Journal, "Connecticut Construction Company Faces OSHA Fines," Oct. 10, 2014

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