Workplace accidents can happen. They can be more common in industrial-type jobs such as those found in factories and the construction business. When these kinds of incidents occur, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) must be notified.
After a car wash worker lost two fingers in a workplace accident, the company that owns that car wash received a citation by federal regulators.
Swifty Car Wash, which runs a location in Athens, Georgia, was cited by OSHA for a total of 11 violations.
The violations cited included exposing employees to unguarded machine parts and equipment. The location was also cited for exposing workers to falls due to missing safety rails. They also did not provide eye protection from hazardous chemicals. The location was also cited for exposing workers to potential shock hazards and failing to provide written hazard training.
The location was also cited for failing to report the worker’s injury and hospitalization to OSHA within the required 24 hour time frame.
OSHA indicates that the worker had two fingers amputated at the Athens car wash location on May 26. The 21-year old employee was working near a ventilation fan when he slipped and his fan went into the fan. The fan’s blade was unguarded, which led to the serious injury.
The proposed fine from OSHA for Swifty for the violations is $42,700.
Swifty Car Wash operates a total of five locations throughout Georgia. They employ approximately 45 people.
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