Braunfotel & Frendel LLC
Schedule Your Free Consultation
888-787-5668

Major parcel carrier accused of concealing work comp claims

Suffering an injury in the workplace is an unexpected event. However, these incidents can occur rather frequently, sometimes resulting in an employee requiring much medical attention and care, as well as time from work for recovery.

United Parcel Service, known for its brown UPS trucks and logos, is facing accusations that it has been trying to hide the frequency and extent of workplace injuries that its employees suffer. This is perhaps in a bid to keep workers' compensation costs low, since these costs depend heavily on the number and severity of claims.

To give one example, a worker fell off of a loading dock and suffered obvious broken bones in multiple locations. However, instead of calling for an ambulance, managers had the person's colleagues load him on one of the business's carts for hauling packages and then transported him to the hospital.

In a later investigation, OSHA chastised UPS for not calling 911, saying that management's actions could have cost the worker his life. Unfortunately, according to some, this is not an isolated lapse in judgment on the part of the company's management.

After a major media outlet reported that the company had problems with blocked emergency exits, several workers contacted the outlet saying that they had been threatened with retaliation if they reported unsafe working conditions or if they got hurt on the job. The actions of certain managers at UPS have allegedly had a chilling effect on the number of employees who are willing to report an injury or file a workers' compensation claim. UPS has denied these allegations and says that it follows the law.

This story serves as an important reminder to those in Rockland, Orange and Westchester County that if they get hurt at work, the law protects their right to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits. These benefits are often financially important since they serve to cover medical bills and a portion of a worker's lost wages.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Tell Us How We Can Help

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Email Us For A Response
Our Office Location
  • Braunfotel & Frendel LLC
    49 Maple Avenue
    New City, New York 10956

    Toll Free: 888-787-5668
    Phone: 845-521-7835
    Fax: 845-634-7710
    New City Law Office Map

Office Map