A lighting manufacturer is facing $85,826 in penalties for workplace safety violations after an on-the-job accident caused an employee to sustain serious facial burns. Federal workplace safety officials cited the company for lack of safety measures at its Paris, Illinois, facility.
A maintenance technician for North American Lighting Inc. was injured in an explosion of pressurized material in a machine on November 14, 2020. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigators found the employer lacked energy control procedures to protect workers while they were performing maintenance. The company also failed to conduct an annual review of its lockout/tagout processes and provide employees with adequate protective eye and face gear.
OSHA cited North American Lighting for a repeat violation and three serious violations of personal protective equipment requirements and machine safety regulations. The company had 15 business days to comply, arrange an informal conference with OSHA’s area director or dispute the penalties and citations before OSHA’s independent review commission. OSHA’s area director in Peoria pointed out that the injury could have been prevented if North American Lighting had tested and implemented safety procedures, such as ensuring equipment is disabled before workers perform maintenance
If you were injured in an Illinois workplace accident, you might be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim. The benefits can cover your medical bills, lost wages and other costs that result from your injury. Contact Briskman Briskman & Greenberg to speak to a workers’ compensation lawyer who can help you understand your rights.