May 13, 2013
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued citations in the amount of more than $6,000 to a Connecticut company for their part in a workplace accident that left an employee seriously injured.
According to an article published in The Connecticut Post, the victim was part of a crew using a skip hoist to move concrete at the New Milford Block and Supply Corp. facility in February. While moving the blocks of concrete, the victim's hand became entangled in a wire rope and eight of his fingers were severed.
OSHA immediately launched an investigation and found the company responsible for committing three "serious" safety violations, including not having a safeguard in place to cover the exposed wire rope that was responsible for causing the victim's amputation.
The company was originally fined approximately $10,000, but the number was lowered in a settlement that was reached between OSHA officials and the company.
The incident leaves many workers curious as to how expenses, such as medical bills and lost wages, are covered in the event of a workplace accident. Carter Mario Injury Lawyers and their team of Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers explain several options are available to injured workers.
The most common way to be reimbursed for these expenses is to file for Workers' Compensation Benefits; however, the process for approval can be quite complex. That’s why the firm suggests discussing your legal rights with an attorney if you are considering applying for these benefits.