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Koswire Fined for March 2012 Fatality

Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 31-Aug-2012

Koswire, a Korean-based company, has recently been fined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for safety violations at their Flowery Branch in Georgia. The OSHA is fining the company $145,000 for violations that led to the death of an employee in March of this year. Federal investigators say that the incident was completely preventable. A 30-year-old employee was killed after becoming caught by a moving wire and pulled into a machine.

There were a total of 19 safety violations after the OSHA responded with an investigation. Koswire should have had machine guards set up that would have protected workers from hazards caused by "pinch points" and other rotating parts of equipment throughout the facility. Rather than carelessness, Koswire has been cited with a willful violation. What this means is that the company intentionally and knowingly disregarded mandated safety regulations at the expense of worker wellbeing.

Among other violations were failures to provide sufficient written procedures for how to properly operate energy machines, failures to provide employees with necessary training, failures to provide frequent inspections and many others. Some of these violations were deemed "serious violations" which means that there was the potential for worker death or serious injury as a result. Due to the severity of this company's violations, they have been put on the OSHA's "Severe Violator Enforcement Program." This means that the company will have to undergo a sequence of follow-up investigations.

Despite federal regulations, many industrial facilities throughout the country fail to comply with the necessary safety standards. Whether this is because of laziness, ignorance or willful disregard, there is no excuse for a lack of proper security. Industrial workers already have one of the most dangerous jobs in the entire nation. The risk for injury and death only increases with the disregard for these standards.

Categories: Industrial Accident, OSHA


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