Safety in the Maryland workplace has improved over the last decade by leaps and bounds. Most employers have gone to great lengths and expense to see that their employees are kept safe and up to date on safety trainings. Workplace injuries can and still occur, more so when an employer or company doesn’t put good safety practices into place and neglects to use safety guidelines on machines and equipment.
A manufacturing plant in another state is under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a woman died while on the job. The car parts manufacturing plant in question has no prior investigations from OSHA, but the company has other plants across the nation. A look into OSHA’s history with the company has shown at least 33 serious safety violations in the last few years.
The 44-year-old female victim succumbed to injuries suffered from an accident with a machine. A former co-worker says that she is not surprised that an employee died at the plant. She claims that the plant has no trainings in place for new employees about proper use of the machines.
OSHA is called in to determine the cause of workplace injuries and see if the employer is keeping up the safety standards that have been put into place. Regardless, the family and friends of the victim are left with the loss of their loved one. Medical bills, lost wages and final expenses can quickly mount and leave a family financially stressed. Under Maryland law, the immediate surviving family of the victim can seek assistance from the workers’ compensation insurance program. With the aid of an attorney, families can pursue recovery of all applicable benefits in a timely manner.
Source: wdrb.com, “OSHA investigating workplace death at Jeffersonville manufacturing plant“, Hayden Ristevski, Oct. 23, 2017