OSHA urges employers to take Black Friday safety measures

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reminds large retailers in the country to take precautions to prevent potential hazards during the busiest shopping day of the year, according to a report by The Hill on Monday, November 17.

The agency wrote to major retailers across U.S. and encouraged them to set up a crowd management plan in preparation for Black Friday. OSHA also provided safety guidelines for ensuring workers safety, such as having an emergency plan for unexpected incidents, setting up barriers for waiting customers, and establishing a limit on the number of customers who can enter the store at one time.

Workplace hazards in retail stores are real. In fact, a retail employee was tragically trampled to death by shoppers surging through the door of a store in 2008. If you have been hurt while working in a dangerous shop in Des Moines, you might be eligible to seek compensation from your employer. Speak with an attorney at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600 to learn more about your options today.

OSHA cites Iowa hog farm for workplace safety violations

The Iowa Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has recently cited an Iowa hog farm for four serious workplace safety violations. The company, Anogla  Pork LLC, received the citation after a group of workers made a federal complaint earlier this year.

The citation states that the employers failed to make sure that the facilities were furnished in a way that they were free from hazards that could potentially cause worker injuries. The OSHA inspection took place on Sept. 19 and it was found that the power washers were improperly installed and could cause injury to workers if they were struck by the high pressure hose. Workers also claimed that they were not trained on how to use the power hoses properly.

Another violation stated that the employers failed to provide soap for them to wash their hands before eating meals and many suffered gastrointestinal illnesses that the believe is a result of working in unsanitary conditions. OSHA also found that Angola did not have  a log of workplace injuries on record. They were fined a total of $3,2oo in penalties.


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