Oregon news source, KGW.com reported that six workers at Sandy Farms in
Sandy, Oregon were injured last month when their berry harvester rolled
over on them. Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
spokeswoman Melanie Mesaros stated in the article that Sandy Farms had
other industrial accidents and OSHA violations in recent years. In October
2010, the farm reported an accident in which a tractor ran over a worker’s
leg. In February 2013, a worker suffered a head fracture in a tractor
accident. The article states in both incidents the farm was issued OSHA
citations. The article titled:
“6 hurt in Sandy tractor rollover, farm had prior violations”gives details.
Oregon injury and accident lawyers, we hear work injury stories like these all too often.
OSHA regulations help provide a safe work environment for workers exposed
to injury and risk on a daily basis. Yet, many companies ignore these
regulations and continue to expose workers to unnecessary risk in the
workplace. Some of the hazards workers face include: defective and improperly
assembled scaffolding, poor safety equipment and training, improperly
maintained and unsafe operation of heavy equipment.
Workers injured in Oregon are protected by Oregon’s Employer Liability
Law in addition to OSHA regulations. This law states that an employer
is liable for an injury or death in the following cases:
- The employer and the injured worker are engaged in an activity that is
a common enterprise (meaning the employer profits from the activity as
does the worker).
- The employer has the power to direct the activities of the worker.
- The employer has direct supervision and control of work performed by the worker.
Work injuries and accidents must be investigated as soon as possible to
determine the responsible party and to preserve important evidence.
If you or a loved one have suffered a work injury,
contact us to discuss your potential case. We represent personal injury and work
injury cases in both Oregon and Washington.