Silverman, Silverman & Seligman, P.C.
Every call is taken by an attorney 518-631-4521

Before You Learn What We Can Do For You, See What We’ve Done For Others.

New York company fined after worker killed

New York workplaces can be dangerous for workers if the proper precautions are not taken. In order to keep workers safe, the federal government oversees workplaces and workplace accident. It does this through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA is responsible for enacting and enforcing various safety regulations to keep workers as safe as possible.

When employers refuse to follow OSHA regulations, workers can suffer. In a New York case, a 54-year-old sheet metal foreman was killed on the job. In this case, the man was working with a crew to move an industrial air exchanger into a new development. In order to move the large piece of equipment into place, six men were using motorized roller units. However, during this process the crew was not following operational instructions and the unit tipped. It fell on the man, killing him.

Following the fatal workplace accident, OSHA investigated. It found that the employer had made a serious safety violation by not keeping the place of employment free from recognized hazards. As a result of the citation, the company has been fined $7,000.

While this citation and fine may make the employer's worksite safer in the future, it cannot help the family of the man who was killed in the previous accident. Families of fatal work accident victims, however, may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. These benefits can never replace their loved one, but they can help to provide the family some financial security in the person's absence. Families should explore their legal rights to determine if they are eligible for workers' compensation benefits following a dangerous workplace accident.

Source: Saratogian, "OSHA issues fine in construction death," Lauren Mineau, Oct. 22, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Do You Need Legal Help?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Office Location

527 State St.
Schenectady, NY 12305

Toll Free: 877-851-4319
Phone: 518-631-4521
Fax: 518-374-4338
Schenectady Law Office Map