Maryland industrial workers are often working in close proximity to large pieces of equipment that sometimes lead to serious injuries or even death. Many companies will do what they can to safeguard the lives — and sometimes the limbs — of their employees by implementing safety procedures, providing the proper equipment and conducting safety training. However, when a company does not take the time to provide employees with the proper safety equipment and training, the potential for industrial workers’ accidents rises dramatically.
For instance, back on March 10, a 39-year-old man was working at a facility that sorts and shreds scrap metal. As he worked near a conveyor belt, something went wrong and his arm became trapped in it. He died from numerous internal and external injuries as a result.
When OSHA conducted its investigation, it was determined that the man was not the only employee in danger — no less than three other people were in danger of being serious hurt or killed by unguarded machinery as they were conducting cleaning operations. It was determined that the Wisconsin company failed to warn its workers of the dangers inside the shredder pit. Further, procedures were not in place to keep employees from coming into contact with the machinery.
OSHA cited the company for several serious and willful violations. Even if the company changes its policies and procedures, it is too late for the man who was killed. As would be the case in industrial workers’ accidents here in Maryland, his family may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits that could alleviate at least some of the financial burdens incurred by the family due to his death.
Source: beloitdailynews.com, “OSHA cites Behr for worker death“, , Sept. 5, 2014