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Blog entry by sawblade1 posted 11-01-2011 03:41 AM 4096 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Good Evening LJ’s Family,

I hope this post don’t get removed due to the lack of being directly woodworking related but I desperately need your advice,referrals, and prayers as A situation has arose that affects my woodworking and possibly even threatens my business. I have been on my job for close to 5 years and am grateful to have income I have been injured four times two have wound up with twist and sprains one was hidden and never reported (I was told to shut up It never happened or I Could lose my job) now I am sitting here with a possible hernia I reported it to my supervisor yesterday as I went to the hospital ( the incident happened Friday) I have 48 hours with Ohio to report it. I reported it with the hospital @ around 4:pm. here is the problem I am having One my supervisor delayed the 24 reporting notice for the company till 7 pm tonight to make sure it was past 24 hours later and I may not receive medical help I know how they operate trying to hide things cover up accidents rig job bids and promotions and harm anyone who gets in their way. My workload was increased till I wound up getting hurt doing every nasty and heavy task in the building due to me standing up for my rights the union held decisions out till I lost the time to fight it other than them (statutes of limitation is 6 months they replied two years later) Right now I feel like not only physically getting kicked in my manhood but emotionally as well This is where I need you help if you are an Safety person, Attorney, or ACLU or know someone who is please PM me and let me know I don’t want this company to get away with murder (they will if they wind up killing someone)
Thank you to all you great LJ’s

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path elmerthomas81@neo.rr.com



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andyboy

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#1 posted 11-01-2011 04:35 AM

Mate my advice would be to make sure it is reported through the right channels and then just let it do it’s coarse. Your body can only handle so much and they are obviously pushing you hard. The way I look at these injury’s is what do the employer care 2-3 years down the track when you have lost a limb, an eye, or your mobility. They won’t even remember you.
Plus you have the ultimate helper on your side. Give Him a call. I’m sure you have already. God bless.

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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KayBee

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#2 posted 11-01-2011 04:35 AM

Sorry that you’re hurt and work stinks. First, I’m not any kind of legal eagle, so take it with some salt. But I have been hurt too many times at work.

You’re required to inform your supervisor. You’re not responsible for making sure he does his job.Many states want something in writing too. Just a basic “I got hurt doing this at this time and place.” Make a copy. If it required a hospital visit, get copies of everything for you and work. Write down when you told him and all the details while it’s fresh in your mind.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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dbhost

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#3 posted 11-01-2011 04:48 AM

You mentioned your shop is unionized. While my profession isn’t unionized (system administration) I deal with a lot of union people in the field, mostly electricians… Don’t you have Union reps that handle this sort of thing? While as organizations they do far more than they ought, this is exactly the sort of thing Unions are for…

Another thing, try contacting a labor attorney in your state. I can refer you to attorneys that work labor issues here in Texas, but the laws vary state by state…

Morally speaking, and I am sure you recognize this, what your comapny is doing is wrong. Perhaps this would be a good time to reassess whom you work for if you are able…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 11-01-2011 04:53 AM

Might be time to check into whislte blower protection.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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jack1

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#5 posted 11-01-2011 06:03 AM

An attorney is first up. Hard to get one pro-bono or whatever it’s called but try to get with some labor advocate. If you have a union. Go to them asap.
good luck.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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jack1

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#6 posted 11-01-2011 06:04 AM

P.S. Been there…

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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moment

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#7 posted 11-01-2011 06:12 AM

I know from our previous conversation that you are in a difficult position . Just remember that this is not your fault, and sooner or later the chickens will come home to roost for these dishonest people . Take care of your health , that is most important . Go to the emergency room if necessary , and be pro active with your health care if they neglect you . It’s another way to have some good documentation , also , it’s good to have x-rays and second opinions…always . I hesitate to comment , other than I hope someone with a clear legal overview will be in touch with you and provide some substantial advise and help . I support you during this time of distress ,and know that myself and your LJ friends do also , and wish only the best for you and your family .

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 11-01-2011 06:15 AM

Unfortunately, it is getting back to where we were before the union movements of the 20s and 30s. A book called the “Jungle” about meat packing houses in Chicago using people up like expendable items caused a lot of public support for civility to be implemented into labor laws.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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lightweightladylefty

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#9 posted 11-01-2011 06:19 AM

—Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path elmerthomas81@neo.rr.com

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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a1Jim

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#10 posted 11-01-2011 06:21 AM

Don’t you have a labor relations board in your state. Many folks would take that route. I’ve been in a situation where a company was successful in squeezing me out and it was the best thing that ever happen to me. As far as your injury is concerned there should be attorneys that would love to take case. I would google it until I found a good answer.
The other thing I would do is to document anything and everything including witnesses.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Michael1

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#11 posted 11-02-2011 02:55 AM

I recommend getting advice from an attorney. If you go to an attorney that specializes in workers Comp cases, many have no retainer fee and only charge out of your award in court, which is added into the suit if it goes that far. You can go the Union rep route to show that you are using the chain of command but take what they say as a grain of salt as the unions are in bed with the upper management of most companies. Don;t worry about any statute of limitations. Its allot longer than any employer will ever admit. Your employer will tell you its 2 days, its really 7 and time limitations are actually for the company to report to their insurance company, not the employee. If you were hurt, the employer is still responsible even if the workers comp company does not cover the claim because your supervisor was lax in reporting it. Many times people have worked places and not realized the extent of an injury for several years and are still awarded claims.

Dont let them push you around. If they threaten your job, then contact the US Labor Dept and they will go up their backside with a microscope. Also, if they have allot of work related injuries, you can make an anonimous complaint to OSHA and they will do a suprise inspection. I spent a 20 year career as a general contractor and no contractotr is going to admit that OSHA considers anything over 50 lbs to be a two man lift. If they have you lifting more than this by yourself and with out providing the proper back suppport belt, etc, they can be cited by OSHA. But mostly, If this is the way they treat you I would be looking for other employment. Anyone that treats their employess with this type of mistreatment isn’t worth working for.

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina, http://www.scicaskets.com

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cloakie1

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#12 posted 11-02-2011 09:24 AM

i agree with michael1…. in my opinionany out fit that doesn’t give a stuff about their employees are worth working for…secondly i would be hounding the crap out of your superviser til you get some action…and while your at it you might has well have a go at his boss as well…..thirdly spend most of your energy looking for somewhere else to work.by what your saying i doubt you will get much joy by chasing the union reps….they are only pulling a wage too and i’m not entirely convinced that they care either….don’t put up with it!!! and good luck.

-- just get stuck in and have a go!!!

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mafe

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#13 posted 11-03-2011 10:29 PM

Sorry to hear this.
My advice is that no matter what happens, your health is always the most important so do not compromise.
Even it can be hard if loosing a job, to loose your health is never worth any job.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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