Ashley Furniture Faces $83,000 OSHA Fine
Ashley Furniture is being fined by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for failing to protect their workers from the machinery operating parts.
About the Ashley Furniture Fine
According to Furniture Today, OSHA plans to fine Ashley Furniture $83,200 – this after the company was fined 1.77 million dollars for 1,000 work-related injuries.
According to federal regulators, the Ashley Furniture failed to report a hospital visit by a worker who lost a ring finger to a machine at the company’s Arcadia plant.
Additionally, OSHA found that Ashley Furniture has not been protecting their employees during maintenance on the machines. They also failed to protect workers from unintentional accidents during blade changes on woodworking machinery.
OSHA is saying the company is committing “willful” neglect of regulations that have been put forward.
On the Job Injury Statistics
The following information was provided by OSHA:
- 4,585 workers were killed on the job in 2013 – this averages to 88 deaths a week or more than 12 deaths per day.
- 4,101 worker fatalities were linked to incidents that occurred in private industry.
- Among the most common safety standard violations observed by OSHA were:
- Fall protection
- Hazard communication standard
- Scaffolding requirements
- Respiratory protection