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Posted on Cabinetry firm fined $50K in amputation

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#1 posted 05-10-2011 07:32 PM

It’s fairly possible that the employer was negligent by not enforcing the use of the existing safety equipment. If there was a document-able history of such, then yes, the fine is warranted. I worked on a job site once where it seemed to be a badge of honor to flaunt all possible safety precautions. I talked to some of the workers from the offending company about it, and the all agreed it was just the way they did things.

Yes those employees chose every day to ignore safety measures (with the knowledge of the employer), but I assure you when an accident happens, the finger (or stub) will point squarely at the employer.


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