In the past, this blog has highlighted accidents that have occurred at the World Trade Center construction site in New York City. Recently, another workplace accident has been reported at the site. According to reports, a steal plate somehow fell onto a worker. It hit the worker in the head which was protected by a hardhat while he was working as a carpenter.
The 48-year-old man suffered many serious injuries in the workplace accident. These injuries included multiple broken bones as well as a fractured leg. Following the accident, the man was taken to a local hospital by an ambulance.
As a result of the accident, investigators from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration have begun to look in to how and why the accident occurred. Following workplace injuries, OSHA will often step in to try and determine the cause of an accident. In addition to trying to figure out what happened, OSHA will also try and determine if any safety regulations were ignored that could have prevented the accident. Finally, OSHA will determine if any additional safety regulations continue to be disobeyed by the employer.
OSHA serves an important purpose in preventing workplace accidents. It can help keep employers from breaking important rules meant to keep workers safe. When accidents do occur — like this most recent World Trade Center accident — OSHA will often punish an employer by issuing a citation and fine. While this fine may help prevent a future accident, it will do little for the worker that has already suffered a workplace injury.
Instead, injured workers can turn to the workers’ compensation system for help. Under workers’ compensation, workers can get expenses arising out of the workplace accident paid. These expenses include lost wages and medical bills. However, the workers’ compensation system can be complex to navigate and workers should make sure they get the help they need to get the compensation they deserve.
Source: New York Daily News, “Federal investigators probing accident in which steel plate fell on World Trade Center worker,” Joe Kemp and Greg B. Smith, Feb. 27, 2013