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Wisconsin work injury costs employee his foot

Reports reveal that employees who work in the construction industry or drive trucks number among those who most often suffer work injury through object impact. Wisconsin employees are protected through state mandate, which is meant to ensure that they are provided safe work environments and proper training within their industry. When an employer fails to adequately provide safety and training to its workers, there is potential not only for work injury but strict consequences for the company.

A Wisconsin materials company was recently cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for a number of violations apparently discovered in an investigation. The investigation was instigated when an employee was seriously hurt while on the job. The employee worked as a truck driver for the materials company, which fabricates concrete materials and then delivers them to construction locations as needed.

The work injury occurred when the truck operator was trapped against a riser made of concrete after a cable snapped on a nearby crane. This resulted in crush injuries to the worker's femur bone in his leg and severed his foot from his body. When OSHA was notified of the accident, they began working an investigation as to what may have caused the cable to snap and ultimately result in the physical damage of a worker.

The extensive investigation found multiple problems and violations with the company's crane and derrick equipment used for construction purposes and fined the company $56,700. Records reveal that the Wisconsin materials company has been reviewed and cited by OSHA numerous times in the past 13 years, expansively through their multiple locations across the state. An employee who suffers bodily harm from a work injury may choose to pursue all options when collecting workers' compensation benefits to ensure all expenses are covered and financial hardships are avoided.

Source: greenbaypressgazette.com, OSHA cites Marathon County concrete supplier for 18 safety violations, No author, March 3, 2014

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