LAS VEGAS, Nevada. One of the ways in which the Occupational Safety and Health Administration holds employers accountable for safety violations is by fining employers when they violate safety laws. However, in some cases, employers may be benefiting from reduced fines while their workers die on the job. According to U.S. News & World Report, the OSHA reduced fines for workplace deaths by as much as 50% over the past seven years.
While the OSHA claims that workplaces can see a reduction in their fines for making their workplaces safer, the reduction in fines fails to account for the immense human suffering and impact on families and victims that every death on the job causes. In southern Nevada alone, over 160 people died on the job. Violations that result in a worker’s death can lead to fines as high as $50,000. However, for families who have lost a father, spouse, or child, these fees offer no consolation and also fail to address the real impact that safety violations have on the community.
In fact, supporters of high fines claim that when they are enforced, they act as a strong deterrent to preventing companies from cutting corners. Unfortunately, some companies place their bottom lines over workers’ safety, which can result in deaths and serious injuries. Worse, when OSHA reduces fines, some companies build in these fines to their accounting sheets, considering them just part of the cost of doing business. However, lives are on the line.
In some instances, communities have looked into pursuing criminal cases against companies that intentionally violate safety standards. Families also have a right to fight back. Individuals may be able to seek worker’s compensation payments for lost wages and medical expenses sustained before a loved one’s death. If you are having difficulty with a claim, the worker’s compensation lawyers in Las Vegas, Nevada at Edward Bernstein & Associates may be able to help. Our firm can review the circumstances of your loved one’s injury or death and fight to help you get the maximum compensation permitted under the law. If your company intentionally violated federal or local safety standards, we may be able to raise awareness. Additionally, if a third party was involved, it may be possible to seek personal injury damages outside of Nevada’s worker’s compensation program.
Some of the violations that lead to workers’ deaths include improper guard rails and improper training. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, in some cases, fines are reduced for companies without any strings attached, essentially giving the companies a lower fine without requiring them to do anything.
Fines alone may not be enough to motivate companies to properly train workers and to pay for proper safety equipment. This is why more families are seeking justice and money through lawsuits against companies that fail to properly protect workers. If you or a loved one has been hurt on the job, don’t suffer in silence. Visit our worker’s compensation lawyers’ website at https://edbernstein.com/workers-compensation-lawyer/ to learn more about your rights and to seek justice for your loved ones and family.