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Safety violations at supermarkets can cause workplace accidents

Employers in New York and other states must prioritize employee safety at all times. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently reported its concern over the ongoing noncompliance with safety regulations that inspectors found at three Fair Trades Supermarkets in New York. An OSHA area director said the employees at these stores were exposed to several unaddressed safety hazards that could result in workplace accidents.

During safety inspections at these locations, compliance officers found that workers were at risk of suffering eye injuries because they were not provided with safety information about the hazardous chemicals with which they work. Furthermore, there were no eyewash stations for incidents in which they were exposed to corrosive substances. Exit routes were not accessible, and employees were also exposed to several blades that were not protected by safety guards.

The OSHA official said this is not the first time for this company to be cited for violations of safety regulations. In 2013, OSHA apparently issued citations for violations of a similar nature. For that reason, 10 of the citations issued this time were for repeat violations, and one was for a serious violation.

New York workers who have suffered injuries in workplace accidents may be overwhelmed by mounting medical bills. Depending on the severity of their injuries, they may be temporarily disabled and suffer lost wages. However, they might find comfort in knowing that the workers' compensation insurance system is there to provide financial assistance. The claims procedures could be challenging, but an experienced workers' compensation attorney can help with the complicated administrative and legal steps required to get the benefits to which they are entitled.

Source: osha.gov, "U.S. Department of Labor Again Cites Three Queens Supermarkets For Safety Violations", Nov. 9, 2017

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