Posted On: November 12, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Illinois Manager Obstructed OSHA Investigation into Worker’s Fall Accident Death

An Illinois roofing company manager has been ordered to serve 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to obstructing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s probe into a worker’s death. The charges that Moline resident Stephen Vynke agreed to plead guilty to are one count of making false statements related to the work accident probe and two felony counts of obstructing pending proceedings.

Vynke must also pay a $5,000 fine. He is to spend two years under supervised release.

A 36-year-old worker with Winter's Architectural Roofing Company died on October 10, 2007 after falling 16 feet from the roof of a building he was working on. Vynke admits that he set up safety fall protection after Walter L. "Boe" Whipple's fall accident and made false statements when speaking to OSHA.

Fall accidents, including falls from roofs, cranes, scaffolding, elevated heights, and slip and fall accidents, continue to be common causes of work injuries or deaths.

Companies are supposed to make sure that safety measures are in place so that workers are protected from hazardous conditions that could result in injury or death. However, in Illinois, it shouldn't matter whether the employee or the employer was at fault for causing the work accident if the employee is entitled to Illinois workers’ compensation benefits.

Filing your work injury claim as soon as possible is the first step to obtaining your benefits.

Manager at Illinois Firm Sentenced for Obstructing OSHA Investigation, Claims Journal, October 21, 2009

Vyncke pleads guilty to covering up safety violations, Quad Times, May 22, 2009

Related Web Resources:

Benefit Rates, Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission

Company insurers have been known to delay or deny valid workers’ compensation claims, which is why you should speak to an experienced Chicago, Illinois workers’ compensation law firm today. Contact the Law Offices of Steven J. Malman & Associates, PC today.

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