In May, at a former steel mill at Sparrows Point in Baltimore County, a building collapse injured nine workers who were removing asbestos from the site. At the time of the accident, the workers were reportedly 40 feet in the air, and an investigation by the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Administration is still underway.
Now OSHA has started a second investigation at the site, this time after a piece of steel hit and seriously injured a worker. A helicopter was called to the scene to transport the man to a shock treatment center. There has been no public update of his medical condition since a July 21 report. The man was not employed by the same demolition company that employed the nine workers injured in May.
Like many construction and demolition sites, the one at Sparrows Point clearly poses serious risks of injury. However, no matter what sort of job you have, if you work in the United States, then you are legally entitled to a reasonably safe work environment. That means employers must provide proper training and equipment to protect workers from injury.
If you are injured in the course of your employment in Maryland, then workers' compensation should cover your medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation and other costs resulting from the injury. To maximize the amount of compensation, it is important to collect all evidence and documents relevant to your injury and properly file a claim. This process is understandably complicated and overwhelming for people who need to focus on their recovery.
To learn more about covering the costs associated with a job-related injury, please visit our workers' compensation overview.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Man hit by piece of steel at Sparrows Point," Jessica Anderson, July 21, 2014