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OSHA finds 25 violations after workplace accident

The workplace is one of the most common places where injuries can occur. Workplace injuries can range greatly; they could be very minor and require minimal medical attention, or they could be severe, resulting in permanent disability or even death. In many cases, these injuries are due to the negligence of another employee or management. If this is the case, Florida residents may seek to hold the employee or company liable for the injuries.One company in a nearby state has been cited for over 25 Occupational Safety and Health Administration violations. OSHA is the federal agency that is responsible for overseeing and enforcing workplace regulations to ensure the safety of the employees. Delta Oil Mill, a company that produces cottonseed oil, faces 25 safety and health violations which stem from an injury that an employee suffered earlier this year. He injured his back at work, and this initiated the investigation of the company. According to reports, the man was injured after he fell through an opening in the floor, causing him to land on a truck. OSHA has proposed a penalty for the violations of over $83,000. The company has only 15 days to appeal the violations and penalties. The violations include open platforms and floor holes and failure of management to inform their employees of the hazards of the workplace.Accidents at work can be life-changing. Workplace injuries could lead to substantial hospital bills and potential long-term care needs for the injured. If the injury is due to the actions of another, the victim may be entitled to compensation from the negligent party. This could result in a personal injury claim in order to recover damages and expenses associated with the accident.A Florida victim injured in the workplace should understand what rights and options are available. Taking legal action could result in compensation which can help victims cover the costs associated with the accident. Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Miss. Company cited by OSHA after worker injury," Sept. 9, 2013

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