Over the last century, safety in the work place has improved dramatically. In the state of Maryland and across the country, employers have gone to great lengths to keep employees safe and employees have come to trust that their employers will adhere to the guidelines. Even with the best laid plans and statues in place, accidents can and still occur. Workers’ compensation insurance, which is required to be provided by the employer for their employees, is in place to help families when the unimaginable happens.
A construction worker in another state was killed on March 20, 2017. Authorities were called to the scene around 11:30 a.m. The worker was disassembling a part that is used with concrete when the outer section fell off its rail. The worker fell when the screed fell.
OSHA confirmed the fatal accident on March 23, 2017, and decided to open an official investigation regarding the construction company. The focus of the investigation will be on workplace safety and protocols. OSHA will also determine if any safety statues have been violated. The investigation could take up to six months to complete.
OSHA can help to determine the cause of workplace accidents to help prevent injuries and fatalities in the future. The family of the victim is still left to pick up the pieces of the unexpected loss. Medical bills, lost wages and funeral expenses can add up quickly. Under Maryland law, the family of the victim could seek compensation from the workers’ compensation insurance program. The assistance from an attorney could help ensure adequate benefits in a timely manner.
Source: wxiinews.com, “OSHA to investigate after construction worker dies from fall in Asheboro“, DeVonte McKenith, March 23, 2017