The federal government imposes certain safety regulations that employers are expected to follow in order to ensure that employees are protected from unacceptable risks at work. One such regulation requires that employers conduct coal dust tests to ensure workers aren’t being exposed to toxic air that makes them sick. Unfortunately, eight officials were caught faking these tests and will now face criminal charges.
Criminal prosecutions for safety violations are rare, although they do occur when employers egregiously flout the law. Workers are also entitled to pursue a benefits claim in any circumstances where they are hurt at work, regardless of whether employers acted intentionally to put them at risk or not.
An Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer can provide help to injured employees and their family members in pursuing a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.