The vast majority of employers take every sort of precaution they can to ensure worker safety. Unfortunately, accidents, many resulting in serious injury or death, still occur. Usually after a workplace injury, investigations by several different agencies or organizations are sparked to ensure a similar incident will not occur again. Additionally, in order to help those directly affected by an industrial accident, states such as Illinois require employers to provide workers’ compensation benefits for the employees — a benefit one man will likely be utilizing after he sustained a severe injury while at work.
The local fire department reports they responded to an aluminum processing plant in mid-October. Upon arrival, they were informed a 28-year-old employee had tripped and fallen into a container of hot liquid. As a result, he suffered severe burns to his legs, back and arms. A family member reported he sustained burns to over 40 percent of his body.
Representatives for the company have confirmed the injury of an employee. In a brief statement, the company states it is currently conducting an investigation into the cause of the accident. In most cases, an accident such as this as triggers an investigation by the state’s division of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, which can issue fines against the company if it finds that health and safety standards have been violated.
It seems likely that the injured man will undergo lengthy treatments for his burns and will be unable to return to work in the immediate future. Because he is a victim of a workplace injury, he is likely entitled to worker’s compensation benefits to help offset his medical bills and loss of wages. Although it may seem clear he is entitled to these payments, many people in Illinois who have been in a similar circumstance have found it useful to seek assistance when attempting to secure timely and adequate payment.
Source: The Daily Herald, Man burned in industrial accident, No author, Oct. 14, 2013