OSHA Launches Investigation into McDonald's
Twenty eight employees in 19 different cities have complained against working hazards at fast food chain McDonald's. The employees have suffered injuries due to negligent safety standards and hazardous equipment while working at McDonald's franchised restaurants. US officials said that they have launched an investigation into the matter.
Some workers have even claimed that after suffering workplace injury, they were told to treat it with condiments like mustard and mayonnaise rather than using medical ointment. A McDonald's spokeswoman said that the company would take the matter seriously and would review the allegations. For each violation, the company can be fined of up to $70,000.
The complaints have been filed to the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). They were filed by the Fast Food Forward, a group that campaigns for better wages and conditions for fast food workers.
An OSHA spokesman confirmed that the agency is carrying out investigations. McDonald's spokeswoman Heidi Barker Sa Shekhem said that the company and its franchises are 'committed to providing safe working conditions for employees at the 14,000 McDonald's Brand US restaurants'.
In a separate survey carried out on 1,426 fast-food workers, it was found that around 80% had suffered some kind of work-related injury during 2014. The survey conducted by the US National Council for Occupational Safety and Health found that rather than providing medicine, they were asked to treat the injury by condiments such as mustard, mayonnaise, butter, or ketchup , shared one-third of the burn victims.
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