The Stevens Point Journal reported on February 4th that Ashley Furniture faces a fine of $1.76 million from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
OSHA has also placed Ashley Furniture in OSHA’s “Severe Violator Enforcement Program.” According to the federal agency, investigators found 12 willful, 12 repeated and 14 serious safety violations” at Ashley Furniture’s Arcadia, Wisconsin plant. In a 3 1/2 year period, OSHA says the plant saw more than 1,000 worker injuries. One worker was reported to have lost three fingers while operating one machine.
The proposal for a fine was met with scorn on the side of Ashley Furniture; its representatives said the fines were “grossly inappropriate and overzealous.” President and CEO of Boston, Inc., which owns Ashley Furniture in Green Bay, Appleton, Plover, Madison and Marshfield, along with an Ashley Furniture Outlet in Wausau, argued that there is always the potential for injury while working in a manufacturing plant.
Many innocent workers suffer injuries because of the hazards of their jobs. Just because your work may be dangerous does not mean that you’re not entitled to compensation sometimes. In fact, if you’ve been injured at your workplace, then you could be due workers’ compensation. Contact the attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. by calling our Milwaukee offices today at 800-242-7205 and learn more about how we can help.