Any time employees are required to work at an elevated height, there are risks to the employee. Over the years, procedures and equipment have improved to ensure the safety of all employees, but employers must provide the necessary equipment, training and information. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, many workplace accidents can be avoided when precautions are taken. California employees may be interested to learn that an amusement park company in another state has been fined $142, 270 for the injuries one employee suffered following a work accident.
The worker and two other employees were removing material from the roof of a building when his accident occurred. It has not been reported how the employee fell, but it was reported that the fall was through a skylight in the roof. The severity of the employee's injuries has not been reported at this time.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently investigated the incident and has faulted the company with failure to train employees about fall precautions. The citation is $142, 270, and the company has 15 days to respond. OSHA reported that the company can respond by paying the fine, requesting a conversation with OSHA or contesting the report findings.
Fortunately, some workplace accidents do not result in injuries for employees, and their lives and work can continue with little or no interruption. For those who do suffer injuries, they may have to miss work and may need expensive medical care. California attorneys are able to assist employees with workers' compensation claims to secure compensation for accident-related expenses.