Many industrial fields that employ workers are considered high risk or extremely dangerous. Still, many find these types of employment interesting and the pay to be quite lucrative. Construction jobs seem to be at the highest risk for workplace accidents, as working with one’s hands and the use of heavy equipment seem to put these workers in danger almost daily. Maryland laws are in place to help keep these employees as safe as possible while on the job site, that is, when their employers follow the law.
A Fire-Rescue Department in another state was called to the scene of a workplace accident at approximately 10:52 a.m. on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. The incident involved a 52-year-old drilling worker. He was found unresponsive when medics and police arrived on scene.
According to reports, the victim was struck in the chest by a 2-inch hose that had broken loose after a valve ruptured. The force of the blow knocked him off the platform from which he was working. OSHA is currently investigating the subcontracting company and the main company.
Maryland workers should expect a certain standard while working on the job. Laws dictate what procedures and standards employers must adhere to ensure an acceptable level of safety. When an employer fails to keep up with said standards and follow the letter of the law, workplace accidents can happen. Should an employee fall victim to a workplace accident or be fatally injured, the family is entitled to receive benefits from the workers’ compensation system. An attorney experienced in this practice area can help the victims with the filing process.
Source: nbcsandiago.com, “Construction Worker Dies Near San Ysidro Port of Entry“, Jaspreet Kaur, May 31, 2017