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Ashley Furniture To Settle Safety Citations With $1.75m

WISCONSIN, USA: According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA), Ashley Furniture has agreed to pay the sum of $1.75 million to settle alleged safety violations at four of its plants.

According to ABC News, the Wisconsin based company entered into a corporate-wide agreement that will protect workers from machine hazards. The agreement will also resolve pending citations from the company’s plants in Arcadia and Whitehall, Wisconsin, and in Ecru and Ripley, Mississippi.

Under the settlement, Ashley Furniture will retain a Vice President for Safety, who will manage a corporate-wide program to reduce injuries and teach safety. A periodic audits and evaluation of the effectiveness of these programs also will be conducted annually, according to OSHA.

“Safety is a key value and something we at Ashley take very seriously. In the past five years we have spent over $67 million on modern manufacturing equipment for our employees,” stated Ashley.

“We look forward to working with Ashley Furniture to ensure that it fulfills its commitment and focuses on reducing injuries on the job,” said Labor Secretary Thomas Perez. “This settlement is an important reminder that every worker has the right to a safe workplace.”

The settlement emphasizes employment involvement and management commitment to implementing the machine safety program, according to OSHA.