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OSHA cracks down on work-related injuries

New Jersey residents may know the dangers of working with machinery. It makes little difference whether it is at a factory or at a construction site. The possibility of becoming injured grows as more machines and personnel are brought into the picture. OSHA is always on the lookout for safety violations to help keep work-related injuries to a minimum.

Recently, a West Coast company reported three workers injured by a hot metal spill. The injured workers were taken to a local area hospital for treatment. As authorities continue their investigation, preliminary findings suggest that two of the three workers sustained minor burns while the third suffered more severe damage to his upper body. This was apparently due to an aluminum casting press that malfunctioned.

This is not the first injury to have been reported to OSHA regarding this all-electric car factory. There were at least two other occasions within the last two years when employees were injured on the job and the company was fined for safety violations. These incidents included one worker losing a fingertip, while another was injured due to a hydraulic press that was unable to stop.

Many New Jersey workers know that work-related injuries can happen in just about every occupation imaginable. No matter what the cause, every worker has the right to a safe work environment. When an accident on the job site happens, management must be made aware and should investigate the cause. The company should also arrange for the injured person's treatment and other benefits available under workers' compensation laws. Those injured at work would benefit from knowing their rights and options.

Source: CBS SF Bay Area, Cal/OSHA: Tesla Factory Had Previous Safety Violation, No author, Nov. 14, 2013

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