The Occupational Safety and Health Administration sets standards of safety for the construction industry and provides training courses to help companies institute and follow safe practices. Among all the many OSHA regulations, fall protection is the one that is the most ignored and violated. This is a serious oversight, as falls are a leading cause of death in the construction industry.
If you have been injured at your job in Michigan, you may be struggling to figure out how you can manage your finances while you are off work recovering. You may also wonder how much you can receive from workers' compensation. First, it is important for you to understand that workers' compensation is not a system that is set up to pay employees for their pain and suffering. It pays out a set amount of benefits to workers who qualify. The system uses a formula to determine how much workers' compensation you should receive.
Many employees in Michigan have misconceptions about workers' compensation. These misperceptions make it harder for them to do what is necessary to protect their rights after they sustain workplace-related injuries.
Workplace slip-and-fall accidents are on the rise in Michigan. Workers who experience them often sustain injuries that create challenges in their lives.
The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) demands that any business or organization with more than 10 employees report all workplace injuries. In addition to reporting injuries that have been sustained on site, employers regularly collect and store information that covers accidents and near-accidents that may or may not have resulted in an injury.
A worker at a Fiat Chrysler factory in Detroit, Michigan was killed on the job recently due to a workplace accident. At the moment, very little is known about what happened. The 53-year-old man was working a regular maintenance shift starting at 5:30 a.m. at a wastewater treatment plant for the car company. About an hour later, the man's body was discovered. The circumstances of his death are being investigated, and hopefully there will be some answers soon.
People get hurt on the job all the time, and in some of these cases, the injuries are severe enough that they miss a significant amount of time from work. The injured worker may even be disabled, may it be temporarily or permanently. But let's say that after some time away from work to focus on rehabilitation, that injured worker gets well and decides to return to work. What happens then?
It goes without saying that the world of construction is dangerous. The construction site doesn't even necessarily have to include heavy machinery and powerful equipment for it to be dangerous -- although these things certainly make it a far more hazardous place to be, despite these things being imperative to the job at hand.
Employers in Michigan are required to carry workers' compensation insurance. It is important to note that most employers purchase insurance plans from a private insurance company. This private company is in the business of making money, which means that they underpay or deny some valid claims.
A damning report from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says that many injured workers don't even file for workers' compensation when they are able to -- and even worse, that many state-run programs are complicating matters to the point that injured workers simply don't receive the full benefits that they are entitled to.