It is very important for employees to know their rights when it comes to workplace accidents. Workplace injuries can put employees out of work, and leave them unable to support themselves and their families. A scaffolding fall, falling debris, negligent operating of machinery, and employer negligence are all instances that may require representation in the courtroom when you are seeking compensation for your injury.
An employee of a major hotel chain died as a result of something as seemingly harmless as the fixing of a smoke detector in a suite. However, this was a detector placed upon a very high ceiling, and the employee fell 17.5 feet. The hotel was sued for not making sure that the employee used the correct fall protection, not providing adequate fall protection training, and not creating safe procedures for the replacement and repair of the smoke detectors. The total amount of the fine was $71,292.86.
An unsafe working condition is a safety hazard, and employees must take the appropriate steps when they are the victims of an accident on the job. Compensation to employees for accidents has been capped in many jurisdictions so obtaining the appropriate representation may mean the difference in getting you the maximum payout possible. Compensation for workers is designed to give medical attention, rehab, and monetary compensation in lieu of a paycheck to employees who are hurt on the job.
While the employee in this story is a resident of Canada, residents of New York are likely to relate. There are workers’ compensation laws in New York, and employees must know their rights. If proper fall protection is not provided to workers in New York, the employer should be held responsible.
Source: The Whistler News, “Westin Whistler Fined $71,292.86 For Worker Death,” Jan. 5, 2014