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Maryland worker dies when dump truck falls into ravine

Unfortunately, deaths in the workplace happen all too often. According to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 4,600 workers died in work accidents in 2011. In fact, according to the CFOI, Maryland saw 71 fatal work injures in 2011. Given these grim statistics, it is important to hold employers accountable for unsafe working conditions.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration along with the Maryland Safety and Health Administration and the Mine Safety and Health Administration are investigating a recent incident that took place at a Maryland excavating facility. A dump truck driver recently lost his life when the vehicle he was operating rolled over and fell into a ravine. Although the 73-year-old dump truck driver was taken to the hospital, he ultimately succumbed to his injuries. Police report that the dump truck did not have anything in it at the time of the accident.

OSHA investigations can be an integral part in holding employers responsible for workplace accidents. Employees have the right to contact OSHA if they believe they have been subject to unsafe working conditions. An OSHA investigation can take place if there is an imminent danger in the workplace or if employees are injured on the job or made ill due to workplace hazards. An OSHA investigation may also take place if a worker dies while on the job. Employers who violate OSHA standards may be subject to fines.

All employees deserve to have a safe workplace. Sadly, this is not always the case. OSHA investigations are just one way to help ensure that employers follow a set of standards to create a hazard-free working environment.

Source: The Washington Post, "State, feds investigate dump truck accident," Dec. 31, 2013

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