Dupont Yard Inc., located in Homerville, GA, is facing a fine from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), after an employee's hand was partially amputated on the job. According to WALB News 10, the employee received this and other injuries, while working on an unguarded machine at the manufacturer.
Equipment missing emergency stop
The Southeast Georgia company manufactures wooden posts. OSHA cited the company for failing to have an emergency stop on machinery and allowing workers to use the unguarded equipment. The company faces a potential fine of $109, 548.
Concerned workers can file a complaint
OSHA oversees working conditions for American employees, making sure working environments are safe and healthful. If you believe your workplace is unsafe, you can file a complaint and request that an OSHA representative come inspect your workplace. According to the OSHA website, any complaint filed by employees or employee representatives is taken seriously.
Injured workers have the right to proper care
On the job injuries may also be eligible for workers' compensation claims. Georgia law states employees injured at work are entitled to medical care and recompense for the time missed from work. However, sometimes workers face difficulty collecting compensation from employers or insurance companies.
If you are not receiving just compensation, you may consider reaching out to a Georgia attorney that specializes in workers' compensation. An attorney will review your case and help you get the care you need to finish healing.