Rochester, NY- A Rochester grocer was recently fined by Occupational Safety and Health Administration after an employee was severely injured in a conveyer belt accident. What’s more, reports indicate that the grocer, Wegmans, has been previously cited for safety hazards in the workplace.
NewYorkUpstate.com says that OSHA fined Wegmans $14,000 for an incident that left one employee with several broken bones. According to reports, the woman was working in the bakery area when her hand became trapped in the rollers of a conveyor belt. OSHA said the woman was cleaning the conveyor belt’s rollers while the machine was running, which the agency said is a common practice, adding that there are no procedures in place to handle an emergency.
The Democrat and Chronicle reports that OSHA cited Wegmans for work-related safety hazards in the bakery in 2007,2010 and 2011. Investigations into to the multiple incidents in the bakery demonstrated that Wegmans failed to train their employees adequately about workplace safety.
In a press release, OSHA noted that they cited Wegmans in 2015 for separate workplaces accidents in which one employee severed a finger, and another sustained a first-degree burn.
Michael Scime, OSHA’s area director in Buffalo, said of the latest incident, “These hazards and the injury that resulted were preventable. They also reflect an unfortunate and needless pattern.”
Employers are obliged to make certain the workplace is free of hazards that could be injurious or deadly and is safe for all employees, but as the case of Wegmans shows not all employers take those obligations seriously. That is why OSHA exists and why employers are cited and fined.
But if you are the injured employee, a citation, and a financial penalty from OSHA doesn’t help you one bit with your medical expenses and other financial damages. Luckily, you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits as long as they were on the clock when the injury occurred. Workers’ compensation benefits will cover your medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages and temporary or permanent disability.
You don’t have to prove your employer is negligent to receive workers’ comp benefits, but if they are, you might be able to recover additional compensation. Your employer may be considered liable for your injuries if they failed to teach employees the basics of workplace safety or failed to ensure the workplace is free of dangers or equipment is functioning properly. An employer must also conduct necessary repairs and offer safety equipment to their employees.
If you are the victim of a workplace accident in Rochester, New York, reach out to USAttorneys so that we can steer you in the direction of an educated and determined workers’ comp lawyer. We recommend you speak with one of the lawyers at Stanley Law. Collectively, Stanley Law’s legal team has several decades of experience and stand up for accident victims and injured workers. Set up a consultation by calling 315-474-3742 or by visiting their page here.