American Marazzi Tile manufacturer in Texas has been fined with 25 safety and health violations for exposing workers to extreme noise levels (exceeding 85 decibels), machine guarding hazards and other dangerous conditions. As a result, the manufacturer will have to pay $318,000 in penalties. Additionally, the tile manufacturer will be enrolled in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration Severe Violator Enforcement Program which will perform further inspections to ensure that they are abiding by the law. The program was designed to monitor employers that endanger workers by committing willful, repeat or failure to stop violations. The company has 15 business days from receipt of these fines to comply with the law. See
According to the US Department of Labor, a willful violation is defined as an action committed with intent and knowledge or voluntary disregard to the law’s requirements, or acting with plain indifference to employee safety and health. A serious violation constitutes a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known. Finally, an other than serious violation is defined as one which correlates directly to job safety and health but which would not likely cause death or serious physical harm. 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
If you or someone you know has been affected by a violation of labor laws or safety regulation, the lawyers at Leeds Morelli & Brown, PC, have extensive experience in handling all matters of labor disputes regarding wage and hour law, child labor law, safety violations, and workers compensation lawsuits. Victims of such offenses may be entitled to compensation. For more information or a consultation, contact Leeds Morelli & Brown, PC at 1-800-585-4658 or 516-873-9550.