In our last post we discussed the danger of construction site injuries and the possibility that a catastrophic workplace injury can make a construction worker eligible for Social Security disability insurance benefits.
One of the most devastating types of construction site injuries is a fall injury. Workers who are injured in construction site falls are frequently paralyzed or otherwise unable to fully recover from their disabilities. If a worker becomes permanently disabled then that worker should consult with an experienced Social Security disability attorney to discuss applying for disability benefits.
Injured workers are entitled to disability benefits. An experienced disability benefits attorney can help a worker injured in a workplace fall apply for benefits and guide the employee through the application and appeals process.
One company was recently fined by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing its workers to fall injuries. OSHA inspectors found that workers at the company’s site were exposed to safety hazards and fined the company after one of its workers suffered a leg fracture from a fall. The employee was riding on the forks of an industrial truck when he fell.
“Employers have a responsibility to use equipment in accordance with acceptable operating procedures. Too often, shortcuts are taken that result in injuries to workers,” said George Yoksas, one of OSHA’s area directors. “Employers have a responsibility to ensure work environments are healthful and safe.”
The employer faces $126,000 in proposed fines for two willful violations found by OSHA inspectors. The violations were exposing a worker to a recognized fall hazard and failing to train employees on the safe operation of powered industrial trucks.