Employees injured or killed at work may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. All employers with more than three employees are required by Georgia law to provide different types of benefits under the state workers’ compensation system. These benefits include wage and medical benefits, as well as permanent disability benefits for those who suffer from a permanent disability as a result of a work-related incident. The State Board of Workers’ Compensation administers rules for all employers in Georgia. Additionally, there are other organizations and agencies that protect the rights of workers, including the United States Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”).
Recently, in Nashville, Georgia, a leading manufacturer of fiberglass boats was cited and issued proposed fines for one repeated and two serious safety violations. A press release issued by OSHA stated that they initiated this follow-up inspection after issuing serious citations to the company in July 2013.