Over the summer, one major California company found out the cost of not protecting its employees’ feet from injury—and it carried a price tag over $300,000!!
Cal/OSHA (the California Division of the Department of Occupational Safety and Health) proposed levying $308,435 in penalties against National Distribution Center LP because employees at the warehousing and distribution firm were not provided with appropriately protective foot wear when working near forklifts. The incident that sparked the initial investigation when a forklift ran over one worker’s foot, breaking his toe. In the aftermath of that incident, OSHA investigators discovered that had purchased foot coverings, but they weren’t up to snuff and had not even been handed out to their employees.
Unfortunately, on-the-job foot injuries are quite common and often debilitating. Whether you sprain your ankle, break your foot or even just get a bad bruise, it’s important you see a podiatrist as soon as you notice pain to determine the nature of your injury and make sure you begin healing, without exacerbating the injury.
Job-related injuries can be complicated, but if you have injured your foot, toe or ankle at work in Houston and are permitted to choose your podiatrist, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider as soon as possible so you can get back on your feet and back to work.