Employers are required to maintain workplace safety standards set forth by federal law. The United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), recently cited a used auto parts business in Bellingham, Massachusetts for failing to abide by required workplace safety standards. This failure led to an employee’s death, and was preventable.
OSHA stated that the employee was working for the company when he was struck in the head by a chain come-a-long device. He had been attempting to inflate and mount a multi-piece rim wheel onto a vehicle. Days later, he died. This type of incident, labeled a “struck by” hazard by OSHA, continues to cause many fatalities and serious injuries. Typically, this kind of injury is caused by impact between a piece of equipment and an injured person.
Inspectors working for OSHA in the Braintree Area Office found that the company had not provided adequate training and proper safeguards that would have protected the worker, as well as other employees. OSHA specifically maintains a publication for safety methods related to servicing multi-piece and single-piece rim wheels.