Though the snow and cold this winter has brought has been difficult for many residents of the state of Illinois, for those who enjoy participating in winter sports the snow has been a great thing. To accommodate these people many facilities, such as snowboarding parks have hired workers. Unfortunately one teen who works at a Chicago area park was recently injured when his arm became caught in a conveyor lift. The worker is 17-years-old.
According to authorities, the teen was alone when the accident occurred. A co-worker discovered the conscious young man in a pit located at the top of the hill. Once emergency responders arrived it took some time to free the worker from the lift as they had to cut through it. Once he was freed, a helicopter transported the young man to an ambulance. The nature and severity of his injuries is not known.
The cause of the accident is also not known but it will likely be determined in the course of the investigation the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, has initiated. A spokesperson for that agency indicated that the focus of the investigation will be on whether any safety guidelines were violated. Should any violations be uncovered it is possible that the employer could be fined.
Often when a worker is injured in the course of his or her job that person will file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. The benefits are designed to provide financial support to the injured worker while he or she is unable to work. In addition, medical benefits could be paid for.
Source: Chicago Tribune, “OSHA launches probe of accident at snowboard park,” Amanda Marrazzo, March 3, 2014