SOLVAY, N.Y. - Landis Plastics Inc. last week was fined $48,000 for its failure to file worker injury reports on time at its Solvay plant. Company officials said Nov. 14 they will appeal the ruling by the New York Workers' Compensation Board. Chicago Ridge, Ill.-based Landis did not report at least 21 injuries at its 2-year-old injection molding facility in Solvay within the state's required 10-day period.
No workers' compensation charges have been lodged against the company on the basis of severity of injury, injury frequency, or any endangerment of employees. The Workers' Compensation Board headquarters in Albany declined Nov. 14 to respond to questions about its ruling.
Landis President Gregory Landis noted the firm will appeal the ruling and said, ``The workers' comp board, through their own study, has found that two-thirds of the employers in the state of New York are late in filing their C-2 [injury reporting form].
``From our point of view, we would call this selective prosecution. In the 82-year history of the workers' comp board in the state of New York, no employer has ever been fined before for filing late.''
He said the person responsible for the late filings was fired, and the company conducted its own investigation and turned the records over to the state. ``The board may be better served by going after the companies that don't make any attempt to rectify their records, vs. going after those who do,'' Landis said.