A work accident in South Dennis last week is currently under investigation by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). On March 7, a South Yarmouth man became trapped in machinery while on-the-job at Robert Childs Inc. Contact a Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Today.
William Santo, the 56-year-old worker, is now listed in good condition, said Peg Holda, a spokeswoman for the South Shore Hospital. Santo was working on a machine used for hauling dumpsters when he became trapped between two parts of the heavy equipment. According to Dennis police Sgt. Thomas Murray, a co-worker used another machine to free Santo. Immediately following the accident, firefighters rushed Santo to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis. He was quickly transferred to South Shore’s trauma center, where he was initially listed in fair condition.
Violations May Result in Fines and Citations for Robert Childs Inc.
In response to the incident, OSHA is conducting an inspection of Robert Childs Inc., said Ted Fitzgerald, regional public affairs director for the U.S. Department of Labor. During the inspection, OSHA will determine if workplace safety violations were a factor in last week’s accident. If OSHA uncovers violations, the findings may result in citations and fines for Robert Childs Inc. The company services, sells, and rents heavy machinery, primarily to construction and landscaping companies. They also have a parts division.
In a statement released last week, company president Charles Childs said, “We regret the unfortunate accident involving our employee. The proper authorities have been notified and the accident is under investigation. All safety measures have been assessed. We wish a speedy recovery to our valued longtime employee.”
OSHA Workplace Safety Standards
OSHA requires employers to follow certain guidelines and standards in an effort to maintain a safe working environment for employees. Here are a few examples of these requirements:
- Provide a workplace reasonably free from hazards.
- Inform employees of applicable health and safety standards.
- Upon the start of employment and at least annually, inform employees of the location of their medical records.
- Display the official OSHA ‘rights and responsibilities’ poster in a prominent place.
- Create a hazard communication program that includes an employee training program.
This list is far from exhaustive, but it provides a guideline of the core standards set by OSHA. For example, providing a ‘workplace reasonably free from hazards’ includes keeping aisles and walkways free from clutter and debris, work areas well lit, and outside walkways free of snow and ice. However, any workplace danger that results in an accident or injury can fall under this category, even if not specifically mentioned. Continue reading