There are many ways that a Portland resident can be injured on the job. While most Portland residents recover from workplace injuries and return to work, construction workers frequently suffer catastrophic injuries in workplace accidents that prohibit them from working again. These workers frequently rely on Social Security disability insurance benefits to support their families after a serious injury.
The application process for disability benefits can be daunting and applications are frequently rejected. In order to avoid waiting years for a decision, an injured Portland resident should consult with an experienced Social Security disability attorney to see whether it is possible to file for an exception to speed along an application.
Workers at one construction company were recently exposed to serious personal injuries. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued proposed fines for the company for multiple safety violations which could permanently injure workers. The company was found to have 11 serious safety violations and OSHA proposed fines and penalties of $51,000.
“This company disregarded the safety of its workers by exposing them to multiple hazards,” said the director of the OSHA office which conducted the inspection. “OSHA’s standards must be followed to prevent injuries and fatalities.”
A serious violation is defined as a safety violation which creates a substantial probability that death or serious injury could result from a hazard that the employer should have known about or actually knew about. These serious injuries usually result in Social Security disability applications and should be avoided at all costs.
Source: OSHA, “Region 6 News Release: 11-1406-DAL” Sept, 30, 2011