In December of 2016, a Guntersville, Alabama poultry plant was asked to pay almost $30,000 in fines for findings of unsafe working conditions. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued the fine to the poultry plant, Farm Fresh Foods, after the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed a complaint on behalf of two Farm Fresh Foods employees.
According to OSHA, Farm Fresh Foods committed several violations that needed to be fixed, which included:
- Fixing drainage so chemical-laden water did not pool at the feet of employees, which employees claim caused slip and fall injuries
- Ensuring that employees wear proper eyewear
- Implementing guards that better protect employees from moving machinery
Based on the SPLC complaint, it was alleged that the two employees were forced to work in unsafe work conditions. Additionally, the complaint alleged that 4 workers were terminated and another 16 were laid off after the workers voiced concerns over the lack of safe work conditions.
Alabama Employer Negligence
Employer negligence that leads to unsafe working conditions may entitle employees who are victims of these negligent conditions to legal compensation. It is important to note that slip and falls occur often in the workplace when employers do not take the precautions necessary to keep the workplace safe.
According to 2014 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 261,930 private industry and state and local government workers missed one or more days of work because of slips, trips and falls. 798 workers died from these falls. Plenty of these injuries are caused by employer negligence.
From a legal perspective, employer negligence in Alabama focuses on specific acts committed by Alabama employers that do not adhere to Alabama’s required duty of care standard. To properly satisfy a duty of care standard, Alabama employers must act in a way that reasonably protects employees by creating a workplace environment that does not unnecessarily endanger employees.
When this standard is not met, as in the poultry plant news, a negligence lawsuit may be warranted. In the case of the fired poultry plant workers, they entered into a financial settlement over their dispute with the poultry plant, but the financial terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
If you also believe you have been the victim of an Alabama employer’s negligence, talk to personal injury attorney Noel B. Leonard to learn whether you are entitled to legal compensation. From his Foley office, Noel represents the victims of employer negligence in Baldwin, Mobile and Escambia Counties.
Contact Alabama injury lawyer Noel B. Leonard or call 251-943-8638 for a legal consultation to talk about your employer negligence concerns and take action to hold the employer accountable for any and all negligent actions and unsafe working conditions.