Whether in Wisconsin, or any state in the U.S., companies are held accountable by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA) for their employees' safety in the workplace. A Massachusetts' company recently found this out when a local rigging company, William H. Glancy & Sons, Inc., was fined, and agreed to pay, $9,310.
A 42-year-old man, who had worked for the company for the past seven years as a mechanic, was killed in March when a trailer truck driven by a coworker ran over him. The man didn't alert the truck driver that he was going to be under the truck, and the unknowing driver moved the truck, crushing the man underneath.
While no foul play or criminal charges were in order, an OSHA investigation was launched. The investigation wrapped up in June, resulting in a "hazardous energy control standard" violation against the company. The OSHA violation claimed that the employer did not have a "lockout/tagout" program to track employees servicing vehicles, nor did they provide proper training and equipment for the mechanic.
The $9,310 fine was a settlement from the original $13,300 requested by OSHA. This is apparently not the first time this company has been fined. Allegedly, the company was fined twice before after another fatal accident that occurred in 2003.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a workplace accident, you have the right to claim workers' compensation for your injury, loss of employment and loss of income. In the event that a loved one has lost his or her life due to employer negligence, the company can be held responsible and accountable for compensating you for the effects of losing your loved one, such as financial struggles, loss of companionship, and additional expenses. A personal injury attorney can inform you of your rights and help you get the compensation you deserve.
enterprisenews.com, "Avon crane company fined following OSHA investigation into fatal accident" Amy Carboneau, Jul. 30, 2013