Bonifield &
Rosenstengel
Get your free consultation today!

618-215-2412 local

866-223-2525 toll free

When employees are forced to work in unsafe conditions, a serious situation could result. A worker could become injured in an accident or suffer long-term negative health effects depending on the workplace conditions. Whether injury or illness results, parties may be entitled to workers' compensation if the situation has come about from an on-the-job incident. In some cases, workers may have to take the situation into their own hands in order to gain better working conditions.

It was recently reported that workers in Illinois filed complaints due to unsafe conditions at a rail car manufacturing facility. It was reported that workers are exposed to several hazards due to a lack of safety equipment. Individuals who work atop rail cars are not provided will fall-prevention equipment, welders are not provided with proper respiratory gear, and there are apparently other ventilation problems.

It was noted that injuries have resulted at the facility due to hazards. One worker apparently fell from a scaffolding due to a hole in the structure, which resulted in the employee suffering broken fingers and bruising. The report went on to state that the company blamed the worker for the incident. OSHA is currently investigating the complaints that have been filed.

As this situation shows, unsafe work conditions can lead to serious incidents at the workplace. Illinois workers are being exposed to health and safety hazards that could lead to injury or illness. Because the worker who suffered the broken fingers was injured on the job, that individual may wish to look into pursuing a claim for workers' compensation benefits. Though the company stated the accident was the employee's fault, the OSHA investigation could potentially prove otherwise. Moreover, insurance benefits are typically paid regardless of fault.

Source: progressillinois.com, "Worker Advocates Protest 'Unsafe' Conditions At Nippon Sharyo Rail Car Manufacturing Factory", Ellyn Fortino, Nov. 10, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Schedule Your Free Consultation Please call 866-223-2525 or complete the intake form below

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Bonifield & Rosenstengel
16 East Main Street
Belleville, IL 62220

Toll Free: 866-223-2525
Phone: 618-215-2412
Fax: 618-277-5155
Belleville Law Office Map