In April of this year, a worker at the AP Specialty Metals plant in Alpharetta, Georgia, was crushed to death in a machine that polishes heavy-gauge steel. OSHA was called in to investigate the industrial accident and has now released its findings. The agency has cited AP Specialty Metals for willful safety violations that directly led to the wrongful death of the worker.
OSHA cited the manufacturer with 13 safety violations in all. The willful violation was the company's failure to install basic machine guards around machinery like the steel polisher to keep employees from becoming caught up or trapped in the machinery.
OSHA's regulations define a willful safety violation as one committed intentionally by the company or one committed with voluntary disregard for the requirements of the law or plain indifference to the safety and health of employees.
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