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OSHA fines adhesive maker for potential manufacturing accidents

Workers in the manufacturing industry in Illinois are always at risk of suffering injuries. Along with the long list of common safety hazards in such facilities, each factory typically poses additional unique dangers, depending on the products that are manufactured. It is the responsibility of each employer to protect the health and safety of employees by addressing hazards that could cause manufacturing accidents.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported that it proposed penalties exceeding $580,000 after an inspection was carried out at an adhesives manufacturer in Frankfort. Compliance inspectors determined that the company failed to conduct workplace hazard assessments and exposed workers to dangerous atmospheres that posed severe health risks. Furthermore, employees did not receive the necessary training to inform them about the dangers they face and how to protect themselves.

In the circumstances such as those present at this facility, the employer must provide workers with respirators to protect them from breathing in hazardous air. The respirator equipment of each employee must be tested to be a perfect fit for him or her. Additional hazards that were identified included electrical equipment that was inadequate for use in dangerous atmospheres in which flammable liquids are transferred. Also, electrical equipment was not grounded or bonded as required.

No worker should be exposed to risks of which he or she are unaware. Victims of manufacturing accidents that caused physical injuries or illnesses might have to deal with long-term health problems that could cause temporary disability. They might be eligible for workers' compensation benefits to cover a portion of lost wages along with all their medical bills. The claims process might seem daunting, but an experienced Illinois workers' compensation attorney can provide guidance and support every step along the way.

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