Going to work shouldn’t be a dangerous activity, but workers in Georgia are put in harm’s way on a daily basis. Some of these hazards arise simply based on the type of work being conducted. Firefighters, for example, are at risk of being hurt on the job because they bravely run into burning buildings. Construction workers are put in harm’s way when they perform their duties at great heights or near heavy machinery. Others, though, are at risk when performing what would otherwise be routine tasks.
That very well may have been the case for one Georgia worker who was recently killed while performing his job duties. According to reports, the farm worker ended up pinned between a metal railing and a forklift load while he was performing maintenance duties. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration subsequently conducted an investigation of the incident and found that the farm had violated a number of safety regulations.
Amongst the violations are exposing workers to hazards related to chemicals and falls, as well as situations that could lead to amputation. OSHA also determined that the farm placed workers in harm’s way by failing to minimize the risk of employees being struck by certain hazards. As a result of these violations, the farm was fined more than $100,000.
Although such a fine may help deter the farm from acting so negligently in the future, the truth of the matter is that it does nothing for the deceased worker’s loved ones. They will likely struggle both emotionally and financially to find a way forward in the aftermath of the accident, leaving them concerned for their future. Legal options may be available to them, though, including seeking death benefits through the workers’ compensation system.
The financial resources provided through a successful workers’ compensation claim can provide the stability needed in the aftermath of tragedy. Succeeding on one of these claims isn’t always easy, though, which is why it is often wise for those who find themselves in this situation to consider seeking out competent legal guidance.