Slips and falls can happen on any property. Although a serious fall can result from a simple misstep, there are occasions when a person’s injuries are the result of a preventable condition on a given property. When a resident suffers personal injuries due to a land or business owner’s negligence then a premises liability lawsuit may be warranted. An experienced personal injury attorney in southern California can file a premises liability lawsuit to hold a negligent property owner responsible for injuries resulting from a dangerous property or workplace safety violations.
One supermarket chain faces serious fines after inspectors from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found several hazards at the company’s stores. The OSHA inspections were spurred by the serious personal injuries suffered by an employee in a fall. It is unclear whether any of the stores customers have also suffered injuries at any of the supermarkets due to unsafe conditions.
“Employers with multiple locations have a responsibility to ensure safe and healthful working conditions at all of their workplaces,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Dr. David Michaels. “This employer has been cited for similar conditions at numerous other stores. Although those individual hazards were abated, this employer has not taken effective steps to correct these hazards across the board.”
OSHA believes that the supermarket chain has displayed an intentional disregard for the safety of its workers and proposed over $589,000 in fines.
One of the most egregious safety violations included a store’s failure to call emergency responders after an employee was injured. Inspectors say that the employee suffered broken bones and a head injury after a fall from an inadequately guarded storage area. The employee fell 11 feet onto a concrete store but the store operators wheeled him to the store’s receiving dock in a wheelchair instead of calling an ambulance. A relative of the employee picked him up from the loading dock and drove him to the hospital.