Mohawk Cited for Explosion Dangers by OSHA Officials

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Mohawk Industries Inc. has recently agreed to upgrade its fire protection measures at four of its locations.

Mohawk is a carpet manufacturer that’s based out of our neighboring state of Georgia. The recent agreement comes after a number of citations that were issued by OSHA safety officials in July of last year. The four facilities that will be upgraded are located in Texas, Connecticut, and in two are in Georgia. These locations are all responsible for manufacturing carpet pads. They do this by breaking down, mixing and re-bonding recycled polymer foam. This is a process that comes with some serious explosion risks.
“Companies that put the health and safety of workers first should be recognized for their investments in human capital, our nation’s most precious resource,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for OSH.

Our Greensboro workers’ compensation attorneys understand that there were more than 4,600 people injured on the job in the United States in 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Of these fatalities, close to 150 were the result of fires and explosions. The truth of the matter is that these events are largely preventable. The effects of accidental explosions and fires can be devastating in terms of workers’ lives lost, workers injured, to the company involved, to the community and damage to the work site and to the environment. When you have to work with flammable solids, gases, dusts and liquids, there are strict safety procedures that everyone should know and should be following. Knowledge and preparation are your keys in staying safe on the job. Hazards much be handled before they handle you!

After OSHA officials investigated Mohawk’s facilities, they discovered that there were four serious violations pertaining to various electrical hazards, ungraded floors and dangerous dusts. Now, the company has agreed to bring in a certified fire and explosion engineer to take a look at the place and to make the proper changes to help to ensure the safety of everyone. The company has also agreed to schedule cleanup times so that the polymer foam dust can be removed from the work area. Employees will also be retrained in safety procedures and inspections on workplace safety will be conducted every month.

How Dangerous is Your Workplace?

-Are there hazardous properties of the substances you use?

-Are they stored correctly and safely?

-Are there any chances of hazardous explosive atmospheres?

-Are there any ignition sources nearby?

-Are the contractor and subcontractor fire safety plans compatible?

-Is your workplace safety plan properly maintained/updated?

-Are you practicing your fire and explosion emergency plan regularly on the job?

Around the world, Mohawk is in charge of keeping close to 30,000 workers safe!

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics (DOL), explosions and fires account for close to 5 percent of all of the work fatalities in the U.S.

Have you been injured on the job? Contact the Lee Law Offices today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call 800-887-1965.

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Transportation Accidents Claim Nearly Half of Fatally Injured Employees in North and South Carolina, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, October 5, 2012

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