Last month, the Conshohocken, Pennsylvania facility of Arcelor Mittal, a steel plate manufacturer, was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for various violations that put workers at risk of injury.
One violation was a repeat violation, which involved the lack of fall protection or guards for open-sided floors or platforms 20 feet or more above ground level. This poses a dangerous and fatal risk to workers, who can fall off the raised floors and platforms. The company was previously cited for a similar violation in 2010.
The Conshohocken, PA facility was also cited for other violations including, but not limited to:
Lack of fall protection at factories or construction sites often leads to fatalities, which makes it one of the top 4 causes of fatalities at construction sites.
The hexavalent chromium fumes the workers were overexposed to for many years may put the workers at risk of developing lung cancer.
Though workers are generally barred from bringing a claim against their employers for injuries sustained at the workplace, there may be exceptions and other parties who may be liable for the workers' injuries sustained in this type of situation.
If you were injured in a workplace fall accident due to the lack of fall protection or were injured due to being overexposed to toxic chemicals or fumes, contact our Pennsylvania construction and industrial workplace accident lawyers to discuss your legal right.