The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is seeking to charge
a Pennsylvania chocolate factory $84,000 after an industrial accident
that left an employee severely
injured. OSHA cites workplace safety violations as the reason for fining the Pittsburgh-area factory.
On October 13, a molding machine started up unexpectedly while an employee
was setting it up for the work day. When the equipment accidentally went
into action, the worker suffered an eight-inch cut across the skull. In
addition, the employee sustained nerve damage in the neck and face. OSHA
says the workplace accident happened because the machine's accidental
startup prevention lock was not appropriately activated.
Pittsburgh residents should know that when a worker is injured on the job,
he or she deserves to be compensated. The Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation
Act provides this financial compensation for employees who have been hurt at work.
These benefits will provide the injured individual not only with payment
for medical bills, but also for lost wages and rehabilitation expenses
as the employee strives to recover and get back to work.
Although this may sound simple and straightforward, employers often try
to modify or deny the benefits to which an injured employee is entitled.
Meanwhile, the employer's insurance company may improperly deny claims,
leading to further problems for the injured worker awaiting money to pay bills.
The employer has 21 days to accept or deny an employee's workers'
compensation claim. If the claim is denied, it is still possible to challenge
the denial and receive the much needed benefits. Workers' compensation
law can be complicated, and employees who have been injured on the job
will want to be fully aware of their rights and take the necessary steps
to obtain due compensation.
Source: NECN, "OSHA seeks $84K for injury at Pa. chocolate works," April 2, 2012