OSHA fines company for willful failure to provide hearing protection

Willard company fined for factory noise.  The headline seems innocuous enough but the story below is absolutely appalling.

According to The Blade, employees of a yard equipment manufacturer located in Willard, Ohio were exposed to noise that “was in excess of 90 decibels,” leading to permanent hearing loss.  The Blade adds that the failure to provide hearing protection “was deemed ‘willful’ by OSHA, which means the employer either knowingly failed to comply with a legal requirement or acted with plain indifference to employee safety.”  As a result of this employer’s malfeasance, employees have suffered permanent hearing loss while the employer walks away with a $77,000 fine.

One hopes that the insultingly low OSHA fine is just the beginning of the financial cost that will be borne by this monstrous employer, as the injured employees will suffer with this loss for the rest of their lives.  Whatever one thinks about trial attorneys, a punishing damages award is often the only way to keep others from following this company’s abhorrent behavior.

 

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