Briggs & Stratton faces workplace safety fine

A spate of worker injuries has a federal agency proposing a $78,000 fine against McDonough's Briggs & Stratton.

In April, an employee sustained thermal and chemical burns when he stepped off a platform into a tank that contained hot caustic chemicals while repairing a wash line at the small engine manufacturer, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Labor. The company is being cited with one serious safety violation for allowing the platform above the chemical tank to have open sides without a railing or guards.

“If the proper safety precautions had been taken by management, this injury could have been prevented,” said Bill Fulcher, director of the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration Atlanta-East Area Office. “It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure all aspects of OSHA standards are followed.”

Briggs & Stratton is also being cited with one willful and six additional serious safety violations.

OSHA is also proposing $90,000 in fines against Baby’s Dream Furniture of Buena Vista for allegedly failing to correct a serious workplace violation. The company manufactures wood household furniture.

During an inspection at the plant in May, OSHA found the employer failed to conduct training or evaluations for workers operating propane-propelled forklift trucks in the company’s warehouse.