Adidas could face heavy fines for negligence.
Last month, it was reported that an Adidas employee working at Kanye West's YEEZY office in Calabasas, California, had been severely injured in a workplace accident after a 3D printer had fallen and trapped his leg. He was trapped under the machine for a while, and it took several people just to lift it off his leg. The injury was so severe, that the paramedics opted to take him to the hospital in an airlift, rather than risk driving him there.
Now, according to TMZ, Adidas could be paying the price for the incident, as the YEEZY office is currently under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA). The association will attempt to determine whether or not any safety rules had been violated willfully or repeatedly, and could face fines up to $129K per violation.
The man who was injured in the accident has not been able to return to work since then, and though his initial injury appeared to leave his foot attached to his leg, sources at the factory say that his foot may have been amputated as a result of the injury. He has reportedly procured himself a lawyer, and may be gearing up to sue Adidas for damages.
Kanye has stated that he has been plans coming up for YEEZY, including the opening of three new offices across the country. If this investigation finds that Adidas violated safety regulations, the shoe company and Kanye will both have a rude wake-up call when it comes to protecting their employees from harm.