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MIOSHA Slow to Investigate After Construction Worker Suffers Injuries

By Lipton Law on August 4, 2011 - No comments

Recently, a construction worker was injured on the job when he became pinned between two steel beams at the construction surrounding the interchange between Interstate 94 and Interstate 69 in Port Huron, according to a recent article in The Times-Herald.

The worker was part of a crew setting steel beams for the new Black River Bridge when the accident occurred. Rescue workers from the Port Huron Township Fire Department helped to free the man and transported him to Port Huron Hospital to be treated for his injuries. The hospital has not yet provided an update on his condition.

After a construction site accident, it’s common for both the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) to investigate in order to ensure that employers are meeting state and federal safety requirements to protect workers. Although several days have passed since this accident, however, MIOSHA has not yet opened a formal investigation of the accident. A spokesperson for MIOSHA told reporters that the agency is aware of the workplace accident but did not comment on the lack of investigation, leaving Michiganders to wonder if the agency is overworked, lacks the resources to investigate, or has another reason for the delay.

Workers in Michigan injured on the job are often entitled to workers’ compensation payments to cover medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses related to the workplace accident. If you are having difficulty collecting the insurance payments to which you are legally entitled to, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Michigan benefits claims attorneys at Lipton Law. For a free consultation, call us today at 248-557-1688