Businesses are held responsible for workplace safety violations in North Carolina by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health. When the Smithfield Foods pork plant in Clinton violated multiple safety codes, it took the life of Brandon Taylor. Taylor, only 26-years-old, suffered fatal cardiac problems after being exposed to hazardous fumes from a tanker he was cleaning.
The Clinton pork plant accident revealed a series of workplace safety violations that North Carolina inspectors uncovered. The job hazards included:
- Inadequate lighting
- Failure to provide fall protection
- Failure to provide respiratory equipment around hazardous materials
- Poor training
- Failure to provide a nearby cleaning area around hazardous materials
Over two hundred thousand dollars in fines have been issued to Smithfield Foods. The pork packing plant was also given a deadline for correcting these issues. There’s no record of how long Smithfield Foods employees have been working under these hazardous conditions. The inspection may spur a flurry of workers’ compensation claims if employees have been suffering workplace injuries or illnesses due to job hazards caused by the employer’s negligence. Fayetteville and Dunn, NC workers comp attorneys at Brent Adams & Associates offer a free book to North Carolina employees experiencing work-related injuries and illnesses. Click here to order a free copy of How to Get Top Dollars For Your Workers’ Compensation Claim.