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Pennsylvania Employer Fined For Fatal Workplace Accident

There is a possibility for employees in any workplace to be injured on the job. However, some professions are inherently more dangerous than others. When employees are surrounding by dangerous working conditions daily, whether the danger is presented by machinery or other factors, it is the employer’s responsibility to provide the employees with the appropriate safety training.

Consequently, employers must take whatever action is reasonably possible to prevent injuries. When an employer fails to take action and an employee is hurt, they may need to seek the assistance of a Philadelphia job site injury attorney. Employers that do not follow the appropriate safety protocol may also have to get involved with OSHA and an OSHA investigation may result in a hefty fine. That is the scenario currently being faced by a Pennsylvania employer after an employee was fatally injured on the job.

A 55-year-old mechanic working for the company was operating a paving roller when it lurched forward, pinning and ultimately killing him.

The injury spurred an investigation by the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Through their investigation, OSHA determined that the company was not properly training employees on safe operation procedures for the roller. The company also received OSHA citations for hazards unrelated to the paving roller that could result in electrocution and falling. OSHA is recommending a fine of $41,000.

When an employee suffers from a workplace accident, they are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Although this may seem very straightforward, the process can quickly become very complex. Therefore, it is helpful for those that are injured to seek help, no matter what type of workplace accident the employee has experienced, so that they can receive their workers’ compensation benefits as expeditiously as possible.

Source: Claims Journal, “OSHA Seeks $41K Fine in Pennsylvania Paving Roller Fatality,” March 1, 2013