With an increase in the maximum fines that Occupational Safety and Health Administration can assess after a work injury, the hope is that more employers will be inclined to follow workplace safety rules. Unfortunately, many employers may not worry about the fines because it is so common for OSHA to reduce the penalties which are imposed. Safety News Alert reported on this issue recently, indicating that many safety experts and worker advocates believe that OSHA reduces fines far too frequently, even in situations where a safety violation results in the loss of a worker’s life.
When an employee is hurt or killed on-the-job, the employee needs to know what options he or she has for pursuing a work injury claim. Benefits are available after workplace illnesses, injuries, and deaths and the benefits available through workers’ comp may be an employee’s only option for getting costs covered following an injury. An Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer can provide assistance in securing these benefits, so at least employees won’t face financial loss, even if their employers have limited accountability.