Ashley Furniture, which has several locations in Texas, is facing dozens of workplace safety violations from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. According to OSHA, workers at an Ashley factory in Wisconsin suffered over 1,000 injuries at work since 2012. The company was fined $1.8 million for 38 workplace safety violations.
Workplace risk analysts say that chemical identification is one of the most significant contributing elements in the increased occurrence of hazardous material accidents in Texas and around the country. Because emergency response methods must be appropriately suited to the kind of substances involved in specific accidents, experts note that lack of documentation and handling history could potentially impede effective incident mitigation.
Health and safety issues for people working in the recycling industry in Texas and around the country are under increased scrutiny. From 2011 to 2013, 17 people died while doing recycling work in the United States. Statistics show that injuries happened to recycling workers twice as frequently as injuries to the average worker. According to new research, the dangers faced by recycling workers is significant.