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Feb 2nd 2015 - Ashley Furniture fined $1.76M after OSHA finds more than 1,000 worker injuries in past three years
 

Ashley Furniture has created a culture that values production and profit over worker safety, and employees are paying the price," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. "Safety and profits are not an 'either, or' proposition. Successful companies across this nation have both"

The 12 willful and 12 repeated violations were cited after OSHA found that the company did not take the necessary steps to protect its workers from being injured by moving machine parts. It did not prevent machines from unintentionally starting when workers were performing tooling and blade changes on woodworking machinery, and also failed to provide adequate safety mechanisms to prevent contact with those moving parts. OSHA also cited Ashley Furniture Industries for 14 serious violations, including not training workers on safety procedures and hazards present when servicing machinery. For more information, read the news release .

 
 
OSHA investigation finds management ignores hazards after worker falls into acid-filled tank at Pell City, Alabama, auto parts manufacturer
 

A maintenance worker at WKW Erbsloeh North America Inc. in Pell City, Ala., suffered severe burns to his face and internal organs after he slipped and fell into a tank of corrosive phosphoric and sulfuric acid. An OSHA investigation found that the company knew of the hazards that injured the worker and did nothing to prevent it from happening. WKW was issued eight willful, repeat and serious violations and proposed penalties of $177,500.

"Allowing a worker to be injured by a hazard that was known by all is terrible. This worker was doing the right thing, but management was not," said Ramona Morris, director of OSHA's Birmingham Area Office. "Employers have the responsibility to protect employees from injuries and illnesses."

The company was cited for exposing workers to falls from walkways without railings, failing to ensure that machinery would not start up while workers performed machine maintenance and training on preventing accidental startup , failing to train workers on the hazards of confined spaces and not monitoring air quality inside chemical tanks that workers entered. The employer has been inspected by OSHA eight times since 2009 and has received citations related to unguarded machinery , confined spaces , personal protective equipment and respiratory protection . For more information, read the news release .

 

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