A Boston drain service company has recently been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for safety violations. This is only the most recent incident in a slew of safety violations committed by the Atlantic Drain Service Company since 2007.
Over the years, the company has now been fined at least $96,000 for a number of different violations:
Failing to properly train employees on how to recognize and respond to safety hazards
Not protecting employees from potential cave-ins
Failing to provide proper safety equipment
Not sending in rescue teams to help trapped workers
Failing to provide employees with oxygen while working underground
Although they have been in business for forty years, the company has demonstrated a blatant disregard for the safety and health of their employees. This is why some of their OSHA violations have been listed as willful.
In other words, they knew that there was a risk of injury but exposed employees to danger anyway. This history of behavior clearly demonstrates a complete lack of care for worker safety.
Typically, when a worker is injured on the job, a workers compensation claim is filed that will cover medical care and compensate lost wages. If an accident happens during the course of normal job duties, then it is unlikely that there would be anything else to the case.
However, if an employee is injured while working for a company such as Atlantic—who has clearly shown disregard for employee safety—then there is the possibility of filing a personal injury lawsuit seeking financial damages in addition to the workers compensation benefits.
There is a clear difference between getting hurt due to an accident and getting hurt because your employer purposefully put you in a dangerous situation. Atlantic, for example, sent employees underground without oxygen. They allowed workers to remain trapped longer than necessary because they failed to send in rescue teams. They refused to put protections in place to prevent a potential cave-in.
These are clearly willfully negligent actions that display a disregard for employee safety. The fact that the company has been repeatedly fined proves that these are not simple mistakes but the result of a decision-making process and corporate culture that has no regard for the health and wellbeing of its workers.
If you were injured at work and your company has a history or proven culture of negligent behavior, they could be responsible for any injuries that you suffer, and you could be entitled to compensation beyond just your medical bills and a portion of your lost wages.
Every case is different, so there is no way to say for sure whether you have a case beyond workers compensation without discussing the details of what happened. At the Law Offices of Joel H. Schwartz, we are happy to provide you with a free consultation to do precisely that. To get started, give us a call at 1-800-660-2270 or contact us online.