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American Apparel To Pay $1M in Worker’s Death

By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on September 22, 2014 | In Workers Compensation Claims

Los Angeles-based garment manufacturer and retailer American Apparel has agreed to pay a $1 million settlement to the family of a worker who was killed by a knitting machine at a plant in Garden Grove, Calif.

According to the settlement, the employee had entered the cage of a knitting machine that was undergoing maintenance. Reportedly, the machine wasn’t properly locked out or tagged out. The machine was off, but it was still connected to a power source. When the employee entered the cage, the machine restarted and he was “mangled and killed by the machine.”

According to SafetyNewsAlert.com, the $1 million penalty includes $150,000 in restitution to the worker’s daughter; over $560,000 in civil penalties; and $283,000 in investigation and administrative costs to Cal/OSHA.

Cal/OSHA has also issued a fine of $100,285 to American Apparel, claiming that the company engaged in a willful violation for failing to train employees on the control of hazardous energy. It also issued the company a serious violation for failing to lock out and tag out the machinery while it was undergoing maintenance.

American Apparel claims that it did not violate any safety regulations, saying that the company is “committed to providing its employees with a safe work place.” The company claims it settled to avoid “drawn-out litigation.”

The workers’ compensation attorneys at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office in Los Angeles extend our deepest sympathy to the family of the worker tragically killed in this industrial accident. If you have lost a loved one due to a work-related injury you may be eligible for workers’ compensation survivor’s benefits. You may also be able to bring a wrongful-death lawsuit against the employer if they have been negligent. To find out what your legal options might be, call us toll-free at (800) 438-7734. We can also be contacted online.

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