The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration--otherwise referred to as OSHA--is purposed with making sure that business comply with certain safety standards in various industries and create a safe work environment for their employees. Unfortunately, even after receiving citations and paying monetary fines, some companies still don't comply. Work-related negligence such as this can lead to illness or injury of employees.
In March 2012, a healthcare facility in Montgomery, Alabama was cited for a serious violation, failure to provide employees with the proper needles when taking blood samples. The facility was fined $38,500 for the offense. A recent OSHA inspection of the same facility resulted in a citation for the same sharps needle offense, as well as citations for two other serious violations related to employee safety including failure to monitor x-ray technicians for radiation exposure. In total, the healthcare facility was fined $44,000 for their most recent violations. While it is unknown if any employees sustained injuries as a result of these offenses, they do have the potential to cause serious physical injury or possibly even death.
Employers should always put the safety of their employees ahead of anything else; it should be their top priority. Those who have suffered a work-related injury because of unsafe working conditions may want to consult with an experienced attorney—not only because the injured party is entitled to Worker’s compensation for medical expenses, but also to send a message to the employer that workplace safety is of the utmost importance.
Source: Al.com, “American Family Care in Montgomery cited by OSHA for 3 serious health violations,” Erin Edgemon, June 6, 2013