A fatal injury on the jobsite has resulted in a $14,000 fine for a Pennsylvania
job-related accident happened back in October 2012. Two men were working at a steel plant.
They were working on some machinery and a piece broke loose and struck
their pay loader. The 58-year-old worker was killed and the 49-year-old
worker was injured.
After accidents such as this one occur, it often spurs an OSHA investigation.
After OSHA's investigation of this incident, the company was issued
two citations for exposing employees to work hazards. In addition, they
were fined $14,000 as a penalty. The next step is for the company to contest
or accept the violations. They have 15 days to take action.
In addition to the company being cited and having to pay a fine, it is
important to note that in situations like this one where employees are
injured at work, they can file a claim for workers' compensation benefits.
These benefits provide monetary compensation to injured employees.
This compensation can cover a number of financial obligations. What it
covers and how much it covers depends upon the nature of the injury. However,
the most common items for which an employee can be compensated include
lost wages, medical bills and most other financial obligations that arise
as a result of the unexpected injury.
In the very tragic situations that involve the death of an employee, the
employee's family can usually recover workers' compensation death
benefits. Although nothing will ever bring back a loved one, the idea
is that this compensation will help relieve some of the financial strain
and give them more time to heal emotionally and spend time with family
Source: Wowt.com, "Pennsylvania Company Cited For Nebraska Worker's Death," Feb. 13, 2013