There are many types of injuries that can result in a Portland resident becoming permanently disabled. Although many people are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits and lost wages through employer-provided insurance policies, it is important for disabled workers to think beyond the near-term future and apply for Social Security Disability benefits.
One worker who may be filing for disability benefits worked for a manufacturer that improperly used PVC piping for compressed air. This dangerous decision resulted in three ruptures in the piping. The third rupture seriously injured the employee and resulted in the employee suffering hearing loss and trauma. It is unclear whether the employee is now deaf or too emotionally traumatized to continue working.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently cited the manufacturer in whose plant the PVC piping rupture occurred. The proposed fines are close to $110,000 and the OSHA citations include several serious safety violations which exposed even more workers to possibly disabling injuries.
“Management knew the dangers associated with transporting compressed air through PVC piping but chose to put employees at risk. Unfortunately, the practice resulted in a worker being injured,” said an OSHA area director. “It is the employer’s responsibility to assess workplace hazards and ensure that corrective measures are taken to protect employees.”
Permanently injured workers are entitled to SSDI if they are no longer able to work. The application process for SSDI can be lengthy however, which is why it is important to contact an experienced Portland SSDI attorney as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary delay.
Source: OSHA, “US Department of Labor’s OSHA cites Florida manufacturer for willful and serious safety violations, proposes nearly $110,000 in fines,” Region 4 News Release: 11-1729-ATL, Dec. 27, 2011