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Illinois work injury accident results in fines for Chicago Heights company

A November 18, 2010 Chicago area work accident has resulted in a chemical production company getting hit with $63,000 in fines, according to NWI.com. This is due to the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration citing the business with one safety violation and five health violations. The company at issue is located in suburban Chicago Heights.

One health violation is being considered willful for not making sure that a confined space was safe to enter. A willful violation is defined as being done intentionally, knowingly or with voluntary disregard to the law, or with indifference to the safety and health of employees.

A government investigation took place after an employee sustained second and third-degree burns at the plant. A spokesman for the Department of Labor said that the company now has two weeks to respond to the alleged violations.

It was not reported if a Chicago work injury attorney is representing the injured employee or if a claim has been filed with the Illinois Industrial Commission.