Construction companies have many guidelines and procedures in place to ensure the safety of workers while on the job site. The best placed practices and procedures will often lead to a decrease in workplace injuries, but accidents can and do still happen. When an on-the job injury occurs, workers and their families have the benefit of the Maryland workers’ compensation program to help shorten the financial gap the inability to bring home a pay check can create.
A steel building in another state that had been destroyed by a fire the previous summer was being dismantled by a construction company. As the company began the demolition in December, a 58-year-old construction worker was killed by a section of steel that went through the cab of the excavator he was operating on the job site. The incident was reported by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as being possible due to events that took place on site the day prior.
The report that followed the investigation by OSHA cited the demolition of the building to be done in such a way that overstressed the steel. Very specific cuts were made at the base of three support columns that left the fourth column bearing three times the limit of weight for that grade of steel. The company was found by OSHA to be in serious violation of regulations for the proper removal of steel construction and fined $8,149.
Employees who fall victim to workplace injuries can suffer a great financial loss. The payments received from the Maryland workers’ compensation program during this time can help to reduce the gap in income that not being able to work can create. Surviving spouses and minor children who have lost a loved one to an on-the-job injury could still receive these benefits. An attorney who is well-versed in the process of filing and appealing workers’ compensation claims can help a victim and their family to navigate the sometimes difficult and lengthy process.
Source: poughkeepsiejournal.com, “OSHA fines company whose worker was killed at Gap site“, John Ferro, June 30, 2017