In our last post we discussed the fact that Oregon construction workers are among the most vulnerable people for serious workplace injuries. When construction site injuries cause a worker to be unable to work then that worker should file an application for Social Security Disability benefits.
SSDI benefits are available to Oregon residents who have worked and are no longer able to do so due to a physical or mental disability. Applying for SSDI benefits can be a lengthy and confusing process, which is why it is important to have an experienced SSDI attorney on your side. Those who are represented by SSDI attorneys are more likely to obtain benefits and can skip much of the hassle associated with incomplete applications.
Manufacturing workers are among the most likely to be exposed to serious workplace injuries. One manufacturer of automotive parts has recently been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing its workers to serious workplace injuries. The proposed OSHA fines and penalties total $51,000 and several of the violations are repeat violations. OSHA found 52 health and safety violations at the manufacturing plant in 13 inspections since 1990.
“Employers who are cited for repeat OSHA violations demonstrate a lack of commitment to employee safety and health,” said Deb Zubaty, a director of an OSHA area office. “Employers are responsible for knowing the hazards that exist in their workplaces and implementing relevant safety standards. OSHA is committed to protecting workers, especially when employers fail to do so.”
Source: OSHA, “US Department of Labor’s OSHA cites Colfor Manufacturing for exposing workers to hazardous energy sources during machine servicing,” Region 5 News Release: 11-1767-CHI, Dec. 20, 2011