Under the laws put into place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, employers are required to provide a safe working environment for their employees. While reducing the risks for a workplace injury is something taken very seriously by both federal and state agencies, accidents can still occur. An Oklahoma man was recently injured while working on a construction site.
Emergency crews responded to an afternoon incident at the Rogers County Courthouse in Claremore. The area surrounding the courthouse had remained under construction for months. According to the reports, a construction worker was rescued after he fell into a drainage ditch. After the fall, the worker remained trapped in the hole beneath concrete.
The worker was taken by a medical helicopter to a local hospital for treatment. Courthouse business was able to resume as usual after emergency crew transported the victim from the accident scene. The identity of the man has not been released at this time, but the injuries he suffered did not appear to be life threatening. A full recovery is reportedly expected.
Oklahoma law requires most business owners to provide workers' compensation insurance for the benefit of employees injured or who become ill in the workplace. Medical bills and the loss of wages that often result from a workplace injury can have a devastating financial impact on the victims and their families. These benefits may play a critical role in the financial recovery of those injured. It is important for employees to fully explore their rights to these benefits under current laws to ensure they are compensated fairly.
Source: ktul.com, "Construction Worker Rescued from Hole Near Rogers County Courthouse", Juan Sanchez, March 27, 2014