We have discussed a variety of ways that Portland residents can qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Typically workers with an injury or illness that prevents them from working can qualify for benefits. There are a variety of ways to apply for benefits, including online applications which we discussed in yesterday’s post.
Many construction site injuries can lead to the permanent injury of Oregon workers who may qualify for disability benefits. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration routinely inspects worksites to make sure that these catastrophic injuries do not happen. Employers who fail to maintain safe worksites are typically fined.
One of the most recent construction companies to be fined by OSHA faces a proposed fine of $83,160. Inspectors saw 12 commercial diving and serious safety violations while the company was performing repairs to a bridge. A Local Emphasis Program on Bridge and Tunnel Construction and a National Emphasis Program on Trenching and Excavation were used to initiate the investigation.
“This company failed to meet OSHA’s commercial diving operations standards and put its workers at risk of serious hazards, including drowning, hypothermia, and circulatory and respiratory problems,” said an OSHA area director. “All employers, especially those engaged in high-hazard activities such as diving, must provide a safe working environment for their employees.”
Employees who are injured in unsafe construction zone environments such as the one that lead to the fines should consult a Social Security disability attorney if they are unable to continue working. The attorney will take the time to evaluate the worker’s case and prepare the most thorough application possible.
Source: Occupational Health and Safety Online, “Commercial Diving, Disorientation Hazards Lead to Firm’s $83,160 Fine,” Sept. 8, 2011