January 20th, 2014|
January 20, 2014
Workers face risks in the construction industry face each day, but data indicates heavy equipment accidents may be one of the greatest on-the-job dangers. The Nashville Workers Compensation Lawyers with Ponce Law point out the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates these accidents were responsible for approximately 15 percent of all workplace fatalities in 2012.
Recently, a 40-year-old construction worker was killed after being involved in a heavy equipment accident along I-40 in Fayette County. Reports indicate the incident occurred at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Saturday near exit 42.
According to an article published by The Jackson Sun, the victim was pinned between a boom lift and a bridge on the highway. The victim was freed and rushed to a local hospital by rescue crews, but he died shortly after arrival.
The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce have launched an investigation into the causes of the accident and if it could have been prevented.
In the meantime, Michael D. Ponce & Associates’ team of Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers understands the difficulties of losing a loved one due to an unforeseen work accident. That is why the firm would like to send their deepest sympathies to the family of the victim.
October 11th, 2013|
October 11, 2013
The Nashville Workers Compensation Lawyers with Ponce Law explain the construction industry has one of the highest rates of on-the-job injuries in the United States today. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that last year, 9.5 construction workers out of every 100,000 individuals employed in the industry suffered fatal accidents.
In an effort to reduce these numbers and offer better protection of construction worker safety, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development will be closely watching for businesses in the industry that are committing workers’ compensation fraud. According to Clarksville Online, the department will be specifically targeting behaviors such as:
- Misclassifying employees as contracted workers
- Misrepresenting type of work being done
- Under-reporting employee numbers
- Unlawful benefit deductions from employees’ wages
The department stated that as many as 36,000 construction companies across Tennessee may be guilty of these violations. Furthermore, any company found committing violations would be turned over to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation or the appropriate District Attorney General for criminal prosecution. Companies could also face financial penalties, including fines of up to $1,000 as well as being required to pay higher insurance premiums in the future.
Michael D. Ponce & Associates’ team of Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers is aware of the importance of protecting the legal rights of injured workers and are hopeful the new measures are successful in holding greater accountability over employers.