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Two Florida companies fined following deaths of 5 workers

Workplace safety is important when one works with hazardous materials. People in Florida with jobs like these must be provided with the proper equipment and procedures needed to keep them safe at work. If these safety precautions are not made available to workers, it can lead to tragedy as one incident shows.

The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has fined two companies a total of nearly $161,000 after the deaths of five workers at an electric power plant in Florida. The incident occurred in 2017 at the Big Bend River Station in Apollo Beach. It was found that the victims suffered fatal burns after a blockage in a furnace fired by coal dislodged, causing molten slag to go spraying into the area where the victims were working.

Tampa Electric Co. was fined after OSHA determined that it did not comply with energy control procedures when maintaining equipment, and that it did not supply workers with the equipment needed to keep them safe from burns. Gaffin Industrial Services Inc. was also fined for not supplying workers with the equipment needed to keep them safe from burns, and it was fined for not having plans in place regarding how to keep hazardous energy under control.

As this shows, when employers do not have appropriate safety procedures in place or fail to supply workers with the equipment they need to safely do their job, it can lead to tragedy. When a person in Florida loses his or her life in a fatal workplace accident, his or her survivors might suffer greatly, not just emotionally but also financially. After all, there are funeral expenses to contend with, the loss of income the victim provided and the loss of companionship the victim provided.

When this happens, the victim's survivors may want to determine whether the situation constituted a wrongful death, for which compensation can be pursued. While no amount of money can bring back a loved one lost, it can go a long way to easing the financial burden that comes with the loss of a loved one.

Source: Business Insurance, "Two companies get safety citations after power plant deaths," Gloria Gonzalez, Jan. 2, 2018

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