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Workplace accident deemed preventable by OSHA

Employers in all industries in North Dakota are responsible for the health and safety of employees while they are on duty. Sadly, many lives are lost on work sites of business owners who fail to recognize the importance of providing safe work environments. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes guidelines for the safe operation of all industries, and compliance can prevent any workplace accident.

The safety agency announced the completion of an investigation into a February incident that claimed the life of a worker on the site of a Fargo business. Reportedly, the workplace accident involved a 41-year-old worker who was trapped between two trucks. OSHA says a coworker backed up a truck without noticing the other man behind the vehicle and pinned him up against another truck.

Although the worker survived the incident, he died at the medical facility later when he succumbed to his injuries. OSHA investigators determined that the death was preventable and that it resulted from the employer's failure to provide employees with a safe workplace. The business owner is now facing a proposed fine of $12,675.

In the meantime, a North Dakota family has had to learn to cope without the love and support of a loved one. However, the financial burden of such a loss can be eased by claiming survivors' benefits from the workers' compensation insurance program. After any fatal workplace accident, surviving family members are entitled to compensation for the costs of a funeral and burial along with a wage-replacement benefit that will be based on the deceased worker's latest wage level.

Source:, "Fargo business facing fine from OSHA after workplace accident leads to death", Thor Thompson, Aug.17, 2017

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