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Indiana Factory to Pay Record Breaking Fines

Steve Wagner

An Indiana automotive glass factory is about to pay a record amount to settle a fine with IOSHA for corrections that were not made following the death of a worker in 2010. The worker, 56-year-old Kelly Dean Caudill of Connersville, IN, was crushed in an accident at Pilkington North America while repairing a conveyor belt. After the accident, IOSHA investigated and found several safety hazards that they required Pilkington to correct before the follow-up.

Several of the requirements were unmet, and in a recent investigation, IOSHA determined that Pilkington will owe $495,500 in fines for ongoing safety hazards. These fines are the most expensive of any ever paid by an Indiana company in violation of safety standards. Pilkington is now required to post warning signs on or near hazards, as well as provide additional training for employees and dedicate a certain amount of staff members to the elimination of all remaining hazards.

Just because Pilkington North America is required to pay the fines, doesn’t mean the company will be allowed to overlook the safety standards. All of these requirements must be met by the end of 2014 or the penalties will be raised yet again. There are over 350 workers in the Pilkington factory, and the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration wants to protect these workers from future accidents and injuries.

If you have been injured on the job as a result of lacking safety standards or employer negligence, the lawyers at Wagner Reese may be able to assist you with your work comp case. Give us a call today at (888) 204-8440 for more information.

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