WORKERS’ COMPENSATION: MAN SUFFERS INJURIES AFTER FALL FROM ROOF
Oct. 3, 2018
Some work incidents warrant an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA does not have the ability to investigate every work incident that occurs in Illinois and across the United States, but they do prioritize incidents that result in serious injury, inpatient hospitalizations, death, hazards that could result in serious harm or death, and employee complaints of danger on a job site. OSHA recently completed an investigation into an incident that occurred at a theme park in a nearby state, and the company has been fined $142,270. The employee will likely need to file a workers’ compensation claim to cover medical expenses related to the accident.
The accident occurred at Cedar Park amusement park. The injured employee was working with two other employees up on the roof of a building. Apparently, the roof had insulating blankets and material that had to be removed. The details have not been released, but somehow, the employee fell through the skylight and was injured. Details of the severity of the man’s injuries are unknown.
Following OSHA’s investigation, the company has been accused of failing to train employees about safety precautions and procedures while completing a job at any dangerous height. The fine has been issued, and the company must respond within 15 days. The company can either pay the fine, request a conference with an OSHA director or contest the investigation findings.
Filing a workers’ compensation claim can be difficult, especially while managing the pain and discomfort following an injury. The insurance program is managed by the state and can be confusing and time-consuming. Illinois attorneys familiar with the system are able to assist injured employees with filing a claim for their needed care.