A new directive was recently released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) explaining how companies should report the news about a fatal work accident in Greenville and elsewhere to victims’ families. In the directive, OSHA representatives are coached through communicating the investigation process following a fatal work-related accident. OSHA representatives are assigned the duties of talking with family members about not only the accident inspection process, but they must also to work to maintain a working relationship with the victim’s family throughout the entire process.
“OSHA is committed to working with families to explain the circumstances surrounding the deaths of their loved ones,” said Dr. David Michaels with the Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
Our Greenville workers’ compensation attorneys understand that it is critical for families to seek the representation of a legal professional following a fatal work accident. Many times, the rights of victims and the families of victims involved in work accidents are not protected and are not upheld. Insurance claims and workers’ compensation claims are oftentimes not met and victims and families are shortchanged. If you, someone you love or someone in your family has been involved in a fatal work-related accident, contact an experienced attorney immediately to make sure you’re not cheated!
With OSHA’s new directive, OSHA representatives are instructed to get a hold of the victim’s family to help to explain and translate the investigative process, the timeline of this process and they’re to provide the family with updates regarding the investigation until the end. When the investigation has been completed, OSHA officials are to explain and dissect the findings with the family and answer any questions that they may have. If the employer was cited for any violations in the investigation, the family will be provided with their own copy of these citations.
By law, employers are required to report a workplace fatality to OSHA officials within eight hours of the accident. This even includes fatal heart attack incidents.
According to preliminary results from the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, there were nearly 5,000 work-related fatalities in 2010 across the United States.
“No worker should have to sacrifice his or her life to earn a living,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.
It’s important to remember that economic factors play an important role in the number of fatal work accidents we see each year. As the economy continues to improve and more residents head back to work, we continue to see an increase in the number of work-related accidents in Spartanburg and elsewhere. Make sure you’re protected in the event of a work-related accident and contact an experienced attorney to help you to fight for your rights.
If you, a coworker or a family member has been injured or killed in a work-related accident in Spartanburg or elsewhere in the Carolinas, contact the Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers at Lee Law Offices, P.A. for legal advice regarding your case and your rights. We are a dedicated law firm that is here to help to protect the rights of injured workers and their families. Call today to set up a free and confidential appointment to discuss your case. Call 1-800-887-1965.
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