In Missouri, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a recycling plant, Resource Management Cos., with 37 safety and health violations in which the proposed fines total $195,930. Resource Management Cos. has 15 business days to receipt of this citation to comply, request an informal conference or contest the findings. An inspection of the plant was ordered after a worker died from injuries when trying to clear out a jam in one of the company’s machines. In total, twenty-two (22) serious safety violations have were found. Some of the violations include, but are not limited to failing to install adequate machine guarding and hazards related to fall protection, exits, flammable liquids, fire extinguishers, powered industrial trucks, and welding and electrical equipment. See full article.

According to the New York State Department of Labor, violations of any provision of the Labor Law, the Industrial Code, or any rule, regulation, or lawful order of the Department of Labor is a misdemeanor. See: http://www.labor.state.ny.us/workerprotection/laborstandards/workprot/minors.shtm

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), a serious violation of a safety regulation occurs when there is high likelihood that death or serious physical harm can result from a hazard, which is hazard that the employer knew or should have known about. Employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. For more information, go to http://www.osha.gov. To ask questions or file a complaint, an aggrieved person can call OSHA’s hotline at 800-321-6742.

If you or someone you know has been affected by a violation of labor laws or safety regulation, the lawyers at Leeds Brown Law, PC, may be able to help you and victims of such offenses may be entitled to compensation. For more information or a consultation, contact Leeds Brown Law, PC at 1-888-5-JOBLAW.