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Injured workers may need workers' compensation legal assistance

Despite the establishment of a benefits program for injured employees, eligible workers may still not receive the compensation they deserve. When a serious workplace accident results in debilitating injuries, South Carolina workers are assured of the right to seek benefits; however, they may need workers' compensation legal assistance to have a claim approved. After one tragic incident, one man may need all of the assistance he can enlist.

According to the incident report, two employees were engaged in a cleaning and maintenance operation on a large industrial air-filtering machine. The workers entered the confined, 38-foot long machinery in order to clean and remove a clog at the bottom of a conveyor of the screw auger. The report indicated that the workers did not engage the deactivation button as required by safety protocols.

Once the blockage had been cleared, the workers exited the machinery. However, one of the men realized that a work light had been left behind, and he re-entered the confined area to retrieve the equipment. As he was still inside, another employee who was several dozen feet away reactivated the machinery in order to test it. The worker was caught up in the motion of the auger, and both of his legs had to be amputated in order to free him.

After Cal/OSHA conducted its investigation, it levied fines against the company in excess of $283,300 for multiple health and safety violations. Furthermore, this is reportedly the second time in eight years that the company was fined for similar violations. Whenever a serious workplace accident results in incapacitating injuries, South Carolina workers are entitled to file a claim for benefits through the state's workers' compensation program. In order to obtain all of the benefits to which they are entitled, workers may benefit from securing workers' compensation legal assistance.

Source: pasadenastarnews.com, "Man loses legs in workplace accident at Alhambra Foundry, company fined nearly $300K", March 7, 2018

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