Wisconsin Workers’ Compensation

Construction Accidents Result in Hefty Costs for Companies Responsible

by Keith Adkins | March 6th, 2014

Data indicates that construction accidents are responsible for many on-the-job injuries that result in Wisconsin Workers Compensation Claims. Recently, several construction companies reached settlements with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regarding the fines they will pay for several serious and fatal construction accidents.

According to the Daily Reporter, the first incident occurred on April 20, 2012, when a crane owned by Lunda Construction Co. collapsed and killed a worker who was assembling the equipment along U.S. Highway 41. It was determined the company had failed to provide the employee with enough supervision and training and was responsible for the worker’s death.

Two and a half months later, a similar collapse injured an employee and claimed the life of another. Lunda was found responsible for the accident because they allowed workers to move a crane with a suspended load and failed to ensure all workers involved were able to communicate.

In all, Lunda was fined $126,000 for the incidents and was required to make several changes to their safety policies. Another company, Choice Construction, paid a fine of $8,000 for their part in the second accident.

The Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz know how devastating an on-the-job injury can be not only for the victim, but for their family as well. That is why the firm urges anyone who has been hurt in a work-related accident to discuss their legal rights with a reputable attorney immediately.

OSHA Forms Partnerships to Reduce Wisconsin Work Accidents

by Keith Adkins | December 20th, 2012

Dec. 20, 2012

Work-related accidents are a leading cause of injuries in Wisconsin today. To help battle the problem, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it has formed several partnerships with businesses spanning several industries to improve worker safety. OSHA officials hope the programs will reduce the number of work-related accidents, and in turn, reduce costs associated with Wisconsin Workers’ Compensation claims.

According to an OSHA press release, the organization will be working to reduce the number of incidences of musculoskeletal injuries with some of the largest foundries in northeast Wisconsin, considering the industry has one of the highest rates for this type of injury. This can be attributed to tasks related to the job, like moving heavy equipment, handling hazardous materials, and the usage of equipment like grinders and sanders.

The partnership aims to reduce accidents by educating employers and their employees about work-related dangers, conducting hazard assessments, and reworking policies and procedures to make the work environment safer.

OSHA announced it would be participating in a similar partnership with the Wisconsin Agri-Business Association in an effort to reduce the number of grain elevator accidents the state sees each year.

The Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz are hopeful these new partnerships will successfully protect our state’s workers from preventable workplace injuries.

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