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OSHA Slams Company for Violations that Resulted in the Death of a Contractor Worker

July 28th, 2013 at 12:36 pm

PamWitnessing the death of a coworker is something that most people would rather not experience. However, for at least three contract workers it is unfathomable what lasting mental scars remain. Back in January of this year a contract worker died from hydrogen sulfide asphyxiation. He and at least three other workers were cleaning a 6.5 foot by 78.5-foot tank. The man became trapped after the tank began to fill with a brown liquid and vapor according to a witness account. The other workers were able to escape. One worker broke his arm trying to pull the man to safety who was trapped only 14 feet from the doorway. OSHA found seven violations and slammed the company and subcontractors with fines in the amount of $33, 250.

The Forest product company has appealed and requested an informal hearing. A spokesperson for the company stated that the company takes safety seriously and that the company will comply with legal requirements. However, she would not comment on specific details pertaining to the case. She sent prayers and condolences to the family of the deceased contract worker.

Work related injuries of this nature occur far too often. It is the company’s responsibility to protect the health and wellbeing of its workers to avoid tragedies such as this. In addition, the man who broke his arm trying to save the man would be able to file for workers’ comp benefits. In addition, the other workers may be able to file also for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) having witnessed the death of a co-worker.

It is a frequent practice for worker’s comp claims for PTSD insurance to be denied. That is why it is vital to contact an experienced attorney to fight to get you the compensation that you deserve.

Written by Staff Writer

July 28th, 2013 at 12:36 pm

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