After being under investigation for more than three years, Ashley Furniture HomeStores faces a potential fine from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The fine applies specifically to one of Ashley’s manufacturing plants, located in Arcadia, Wisconsin, according to a February 5th report of the Stevens Point Journal.
The plant saw more than 1,000 individual worker injuries over a period of three-and-a-half years, according to investigators. This has resulted in Ashley Furniture being placed under OSHA’s “Severe Violator Enforcement Program.” The company faces a fine of $1.76 million.
Many at Ashley reacted negatively to the proposed fine, calling it “grossly inappropriate and overzealous.” The company has 15 business days to contest the reports found by investigators. It plans to contest, stating that the company “strongly disagrees with each and every opinion of the agency, and looks forward to the opportunity to present our evidence in the proper setting.”
Some workers reported serious injuries in the case of the Arcadia Ashley Furniture plant; one worker even reportedly lost three fingers operating a machine. Such injuries can require medical attention, which never comes cheaply. But victims of workplace injuries in Wisconsin might be eligible to receive workers’ compensation or, if an employer was found to be directly responsible for the injury, additional compensation may be sought.
The attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® can help Madison injury victims better understand their legal options and may be able to help them in the pursuit of compensation. Contact our offices today by calling (800) 242-2874 to learn more.