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On-the-job injuries leads to OHSA fine

A company was recently fined by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health after an accident that happened in June 2018. One employee was seriously injured while working with propane when a single spark led to an explosion. The employee was working in a portable storage container by himself when the accident happened.

The employee was busy extracting cannabis oil from marijuana leaves at the time. He suffered burn wounds and had to be hospitalized for a number of days. During the investigation, Cal/OHSA found that the company did not conduct the needed tests to ensure that such an accident could be avoided. As result, a dangerous environment was created – one where a spark caused by equipment led to the ignition of propane.  

A citation was issued requiring a $50,470 penalty after it was found that at least 10 workplace violations were evident. Three of these transgressions are considered to create possible life-threatening conditions. The life-threatening, unsafe working conditions included a failure by the company to protect their workers while working around combustible vapors and not ensuring that their employees have protective gear. The company also did not identify possible hazards, nor did it maintained equipment safely.  

As with all industries, employers in the marijuana industry are required to ensure that their workers are safe from on-the-job injuries. They are required to establish programs to ensure their workers are protected against illness and injury while ensuring that effective training has been provided. The injured worker in this instance will have the option to file a compensation claim against the company, and with the help of a California attorney, he may receive a financial award to compensate him for the costs arising from the accident

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