A workplace accident that results in an injury can have significant consequences. Sometimes a workplace accident can even result in death, as a recent case illustrates.
Man hit by fiberglass lid
According to WDRB, a 42 year-old Louisville man was recently killed in a workplace accident. News reports indicate that high wind caused a 700-pound fiberglass lid to collide with the man.
The man later died from his injuries at a local hospital. The man’s employer says the accident is still under investigation.
Workplace accidents such as this are tragic. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, all workers have a right to a safe work environment. Most employees receive protection under OSHA, which covers private sector employers and employees through either a federal or state approved program.
Requirements for employers and protections for employees
OSHA requires that employers provide employees with a safe workplace with no serious hazards and follow all OSHA guidelines. Additionally, employers must inform all employees about potential workplace hazards. Adequate training must also be provided to educate employees about workplace risks. Finally, any workplace areas that pose a risk of an accident must be labeled.
Employers are also required to keep detailed and accurate written records of all workplace accidents. All data on workplace injuries or illnesses must be made available to employees, as well as information on any OSHA citations an employer receives.
Employees are also entitled to certain protections under OSHA. An employee who notifies an employer or a government agency about unsafe working conditions cannot be punished by the employer. This means the employee cannot be terminated, demoted or receive a salary reduction for pointing out unsafe conditions.
If an employer does not take appropriate steps to correct the hazard, an employee may file a complaint with OSHA and request that OSHA inspect the workplace. OSHA has the right of refusal to disclose the identity of the employee who requested the inspection at the employee’s request.
Unsafe conditions that are not corrected may result in injuries to employees. A workplace injury can result in large medical bills, lost wages and significant pain and suffering. An individual who suffers a workplace injury could benefit from speaking with a personal injury attorney. An experienced attorney can help gather all relevant evidence and help obtain all deserved compensation.