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Pennsylvania business fined after OSHA investigation

Pennsylvania employers and employees both want as safe of a working environment as possible. In fact, employers are obligated under many state and federal laws to provide a safe working environment. Despite these safety regulations, accidents continue to happen in the workplace. When a workplace injury occurs, the injured worker is often entitled to workers' compensation, which covers medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering caused by the accident.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is the federal agency responsible for ensuring that federal workplace safety regulations are followed. After there has been a workplace injury, businesses are often subject to an OSHA investigation. This investigation may try to determine if something could have prevented the accident and if all safety regulations are being followed.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is the federal agency responsible for ensuring that federal workplace safety regulations are followed. After there has been a workplace injury, businesses are often subject to an OSHA investigation. This investigation may try to determine if something could have prevented the accident and if all safety regulations are being followed.

One Pennsylvania business was recently fined by OSHA following an investigating after an employee was killed on the job. In this case, a 48-year-old employee of a painting company was working near the roof a building in April 2010. While he was working, some nearby power lines fell and hit him. He died from his injuries.

OSHA investigated the accident and found willful violations of safety regulations. These regulations required safety equipment for employees working near power lines. This employee apparently did not have adequate protection. Therefore, OSHA fined the business $57,900 for the violations.

Furthermore, this case included such egregious, willful violations of federal safety regulations that the owner of the business is being criminally prosecuted. He must surrender to authorities. Had this business followed OSHA guidelines, it could have avoided the fines and the criminal charges. Employers and employees both benefit from following these safety regulations.

Source: Times Online, "Painting firm owner charged in Pa. worker's death," July 18, 2012

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