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$25k in Fines For a Florida Landscaping Company


An unfortunate accident results in a company accruing a considerable fine. The slew of fines that OSHA administers fall under the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1970, which mandates that employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces. Companies that receive fines are able to contest them by contacting the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Back in August of 2017, an employee of Focal Pointe LLC. in Lake Worth, Florida, was atop a metal ladder when his metal hedge trimmer came in contact with an exposed high-voltage power line.

According to police, the man was not wearing any safety equipment, and suffered a fatal electrical shock. Another worker was holding the base of the ladder and also received a shock, however not fatal.

The first man was quickly taken to St. Mary's Medical Center where he was pronounced dead; the other employee was taken to Good Samaritan Medical Center and treated for minor injuries.

OSHA cited the landscaping company for three violations, amounting to a total fine of $25,868. The violations and fines incorporated in the total are as follows: $3,880 for failing to require eye protection while trimming trees, $9,054 for not making employees "familiar with the safety-related work practices" that "pertained to their respective job assignments," and, $12,934 for having an employee work within 10 feet of an exposed power line.

The OSHA Twitter feed relays information on companies that are receiving fines for violating safety ordinances. OSHA also advertises that they offer a free, confidential on-site consultation for small business, in order to ensure your company avoids these hefty fines.

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