Workplace Accident Could Be the Result of OSHA Violations
An incident at a construction site led a worker to fall 15 feet and become impaled on a metal rod. Now, OSHA is investigating the workplace accident to determine if any violations could lead not only to workers comp claims, but to federal prosecution.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was formed by a bill signed into law in 1970, designed to protect workers’ rights and safety while working, especially while on dangerous job sites like construction sites or in mines. Per OSHA regulations, employers have the responsibility to provide a safe workplace, and must find and correct safety or health problems when they arise. Workers have a right to file complaints with OSHA if they feel that their employer is not creating a safe environment for employees.
The incident at the construction site on Saturday, March 7th could have been a simple accident, but OSHA is responsible for investigating workplace accidents for potential violations.
“The purpose of the inspection is to determine whether or not any workplace safety standards were violated in connection with this incident,” said U.S. Department of Labor spokesman Ted Fitzgerald. “If violations are identified, OSHA could issue citations and propose fines for the employer.”
The workplace accident victim’s condition is not known at this time, but he has, so far, survived being impaled by the steel rod.
OSHA Violations Can Lead to Workers Comp Claims
Employers are not only required to meet OSHA standards for a safe workplace, but they are also required to carry workers compensation insurance in the event that an employee is injured while on the job. Workers comp can cover a variety of workplace accident injuries, including broken bones or inhaled toxins; it can also cover some mental conditions, such as PTSD caused by a workplace accident or violent coworker.
Construction workers are some of the most vulnerable employees in the country. They are surrounded by heavy machinery and large moving items, like steel beams. They are required to climb tall scaffolding, or stand on unstable floors. Although many construction companies do their best to ensure their employees’ safety, workplace accidents happen on construction sites all the time.
If you are a construction worker and you have been injured in a workplace accident that you believe could have been prevented, we may be able to help. Possible remedies include filing a workers comp claim to help cover medical bills and lost wages while you focus on healing so you can return to work.
The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Workers Comp Claims for Workplace Accidents
Whether you were in a car accident driving for your job, in a construction site accident, or suffered a disease due to dangerous chemicals at your workplace, you have a right to file a workers comp claim to receive some funds while you focus on healing. The workers comp attorneys at the Strom Law Firm can help workers file claims in South Carolina and Georgia. We also help you fight for your workers compensation if your claim was denied. We offer free consultations to discuss the facts of your case, so contact us today for help. 803.252.4800