The Workers Compensation Attorneys at Crossen Kooi have learned an Indiana
company is facing a $3600 fine due to a work-related injury that resulted
in an employee dying. The fine was levied by the Indiana Department of
Labor against Tiller Sanitation. The deadly incident happened on Labor
Day of last year. Workplace injuries and deaths are often connected to
Work Comp issues.
As for this workplace death, it apparently happened when two males, 17
year old Stephen Tiller and 19 year old Michael Scott fell off the front
of a garbage truck that loaded from the front side. Tiller ended up under
the vehicle and died. Scott was thrown to the side and was injured. Delaware
County’s coroner said the two should not have been on the front
of the vehicle.
Tiller Sanitation was fined $1500 for not reporting a worker’s fatality
to the nearest United States Department of Labor’s OSHA office.
The company was fined an additional $2100 for not giving its workers an
operating manual for the truck and not teaching them how to properly adhere
to the operating manual. That booklet details how sanitation employees
are not to ride outside the truck on a ledge that’s in the front
part of the vehicle.
In Indiana and in states throughout the country, employers have specific
Work Comp rules and laws to follow to help ensure worker safety. Recording
work-related deaths and injuries can help Indiana’s Department of
Labor make the workplace safer by identifying problem areas.
The Indiana Worker’s Compensation Lawyers are very familiar with
the specific steps an injured worker should take immediately following
the incident. Sticking to these steps can greatly help an injured employee
receive the Work Comp benefits he or she deserves. Plus, these steps should
be taken no matter how small you might think your injury is. First, you
should immediately report your injury to your supervisor or manager and
ask them to complete a formal accident report. You should receive a copy
of this report from your supervisor or employer. If you require formal
medical attention, you should follow all directions of the provider and
your employer. That includes going to all appointments and examinations
scheduled and following all restrictions. If you will need to miss more
than 7 days of work due to your workplace injury, you should contact an
attorney for a consultation concerning your temporary total disability rights.
The experienced Indiana Work Comp Lawyers can explain your Temporary Total
Disability Rights and offer solid advice. If you or someone you love was
hurt while on the job, contact the Indianapolis Workers Compensation Attorneys
at Crossen Kooi for a FREE consultation.