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OSHA fines Khan’s company $57,000 for “serious” safety violations at plant

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It’s safe to say that Jaguars owner Shahid Khan is feeling a little shocked and perplexed right now.

According to the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has imposed $57,000 in fines against Khan’s company, Flex-N-Gate, for safety problems at its Urbana, Illinois plant.

The fines arise from nine “serious” violations, four of which blame the company for performing “inadequate medical surveillance” for workers exposed to chromium and chromic acid.

“Chromium produces small dust particles that, when breathed, can be dangerous to your health,” OSHA spokeswoman Rhonda Burke said.

The other violations include failure to monitor exposure to chromium, failure to maintain surfaces free of chromium accumulation, and failure to give effective information and training to employees on hazardous chemicals.

Part of the problem is that the plant has a high concentration of Congolese workers who speak French, not English.

Prior to the NFL draft, the United Auto Workers rallied against Khan’s company in New York City, as part of an obvious effort to unionize the Flex-N-Gate facilities.  The OSHA findings surely won’t make the employees less likely to unionize.

As long as the UAW has a French interpreter.

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25 Responses to “OSHA fines Khan’s company $57,000 for “serious” safety violations at plant”
  1. steviemo says: Jun 16, 2012 3:05 PM

    When did Giraldo Rivera buy the Jags?

  2. sportsmeccabi says: Jun 16, 2012 3:08 PM

    $57,000 is nothing to him.
    They should make him set up some massive scholarship fund for those workers kids.
    But hey, uncle Sam has a massive debt to pay off.

  3. frankrizzo51 says: Jun 16, 2012 3:08 PM

    Could be lots of trouble for him. Not good when the gubbamint starts poking around at work.

  4. morgan420 says: Jun 16, 2012 3:11 PM

    All French workers in a american company hmmmm I think they should check if all are legally aloud to work in the US and make them learn english and since every other company has to have specific amount of men/woman blacks, whites, mexicans ect… They should to, not all french were not in france so theres only one reason its all french people ” THATS ALL THEY HIRE” “which is illegal”

  5. eaglesfootballfan says: Jun 16, 2012 3:11 PM

    Shahid Khan needs an explanation

  6. norseyapper says: Jun 16, 2012 3:16 PM

    Anyone who has ever dealt with OSHA knows that this amount for a large company is truly a slap on the wrist. Also, OSHA in their entire history have never noted a violation that wasn’t both “serious” and “dangerous.”
    For an owner of a significant company this is a non-issue and a stupid story that rings the OMG! bell over what is pretty much business as usual.

  7. qdog112 says: Jun 16, 2012 4:20 PM

    How serious can they be if he’s only fined $57K for 9 violations. I guess it goes to show that workers don’t rate too much in an employer driven USA.

  8. mtheparrothead says: Jun 16, 2012 4:33 PM

    If the uaw picketed against him he must be doing something right.

  9. fearthehoody says: Jun 16, 2012 4:37 PM

    It was later reported OSHA fined him for throwing away money by buying the Jaguars

  10. slingingsh1t says: Jun 16, 2012 4:47 PM

    morgan420

    are legally aloud to work in the US
    should be: are legally allowed to work in the US

    They should to
    should be: They should too

    not all french were not in france so theres only one reason its all french people ”
    should be: your guess is as good as mine

    I think Mr. Khan’s employee’s aren’t the only ones that need to learn English.

  11. rickysledgehammer says: Jun 16, 2012 5:11 PM

    When did Ron Jeremy become owner of the Jags?

  12. marthisdil says: Jun 16, 2012 5:14 PM

    If they form a union, I hope he shuts the plant down.

    F unions

  13. jessethegreat says: Jun 16, 2012 5:19 PM

    When did Ron Jeremy go on a diet?

  14. cronybomb says: Jun 16, 2012 5:35 PM

    That’s either Ron Jeremy or Vinny Chase playing Pablo Escobar.

  15. covercorner says: Jun 16, 2012 5:43 PM

    Khan is a crook.

  16. keithdylan says: Jun 16, 2012 5:45 PM

    You put people’s health in danger and you get fined less per infraction than if you wore the wrong hat to a post game interview in the NFL. Priorities.

  17. mwindle1973 says: Jun 16, 2012 6:34 PM

    Better let Drew Brees in on this…

  18. raysfan1 says: Jun 16, 2012 7:01 PM

    Tried posting this over an hour ago, guess it didn’t take:

    Hexavalent chromium, among other adverse health effects, can cause cancer. Likely the point of there being French-speaking employees at the plant is that the annual hazard communication training required by OSHA has to be done such that the employees understand it.

    The rating “serious violation” from OSHA comes with a fine of up to $7k each. It is not the highest level of violation. “Willful” violations carry up to $70k fines each. If workers are injured or killed, or OSHA deems the violations “egregious,” the fines can be hundreds of thousands of $ or even millions.

  19. hateonjags says: Jun 16, 2012 7:13 PM

    Ron Jeremy jokes are kind of old ya know…

  20. rethinklogic says: Jun 16, 2012 7:22 PM

    Dude 57k from OSHA is nothing. That agency will give you a 10k fine for having an un recycled soda can in your office

  21. rodgers419 says: Jun 16, 2012 9:00 PM

    “The fines arise from nine “serious” violations, four of which blame the company for performing “inadequate medical surveillance” for workers exposed to chromium and chromic acid.

    “Chromium produces small dust particles that, when breathed, can be dangerous to your health,” OSHA spokeswoman Rhonda Burke said.”

    Oh man. Big govmint’ puttin their nose in private business! Protecting workers against cancer-causing chromic acid? Preposterous! Let the free market take care of it! Romney 2012!

  22. santolonius says: Jun 16, 2012 9:43 PM

    yeah, the ron jeremy jokes are getting kinda old. but can’t we have just one more when khan in the photo is making the universal sign for 13 inches?

  23. thetooloftools says: Jun 16, 2012 9:56 PM

    Wow!
    $57,000.00.
    Now that’s really hitting a multi billionaire where it hurts !
    Poor guy.
    Let’s all take food to his door and light candles.

  24. One Up the Bum says: Jun 16, 2012 10:17 PM

    This guy needs to grow some Mutton Chops.

  25. briang123 says: Jun 16, 2012 11:08 PM

    Ok, and I am supposed to care why exactly? In other words, how does this news affect the Eagles, my fantasy team, or my degenerate gambling habit? If it doesn’t cover one of those three, especially the last part, I am not really interested.

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