Oregon construction workers are among the most vulnerable individuals to catastrophic workplace injuries. Workers who suffer permanent injuries may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits if they are no longer able to work.
Among the most common qualifying disorders for SSDI benefits are back injuries that result in spinal damage. Spinal injuries not only expose a worker to serious back pain, but they can also result in radiating pain that renders a construction worker completely unable to work. Such pain can be the result of degenerative disc disease or traumatic accidents from workplace safety violations.
One construction company was recently cited by federal safety regulators for exposing its workers to serious fall hazards while at a bridge job site. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently cited the company and issued proposed fines and penalties of $41,580.
“The construction industry continues to remain one of the most dangerous, and heavy highway and bridge work entails a variety of unique hazards,” said an OSHA area director. “The company needs to ensure that violations of this nature are not repeated.”
OSHA inspectors reportedly found that the workers were not protected from fall hazards of over 12 feet. Such falls can easily result in spine damage that renders a worker unable to work. Workers who suffer from spinal injuries because of falls should consult with an experienced SSDI attorney to determine whether they are eligible for benefits.
Other safety hazards found at the bridge worksite include impalement hazards and machines which could unexpectedly startup due to a deficient lockout/tagout system.
Source: OSHA, “US Labor Department’s OSHA cites Creamer Sanzari Joint Venture for safety hazards at Passaic River bridge project in Clifton, NJ,” Region 2 News Release: 11-1762-NEW, Dec. 27, 2011