My question involves workers compensation law for the state of: Oregon.
My brother was recently injured at work, and I'm trying to do some background research, to prepare for how his employer might handle things. Best course would be to retain a lawyer, but for all i know *now* it may not be necessary. He works for a large multi-branch heavy diesel truck sales and repair corp. (in Oregon).
His injuries are two fractures in his face certain to need surgery, and possibly reconstruction near one eye and the nose. He will miss at least 3-6 weeks of work. *if things go well*.
We were told Human Resources dept. refused to call his wife of only a few months, because she wasn't on the official emergency contact form.. (a friend called her anyway after HR called his parents) - this could be either strict legalism, or fear and incompetence, and it does not reassure me that things will go smoothly, hence my research :/
He does heavy metalwork on truck frames but has an AS degree as a diesel mechanic and 20 years of exp. in that. I'm not sure he was ever properly, officially trained for this current duties however, since he's been outperforming the previous guy -who was fired not too long after he was added to that section. He came to the job with a lot of metalwork experience, but not official qualifications in that.
He's a mechanical wizard, and is highly qualified for several other departments in the company, but if they didn't give *specific* training with all the heavy equipment in the new department, aren't they at fault and liable for his safety even if he's managed to do it safely all this time?
The equipment in his current department is older, but works. He's said it could be better but would cost a lot to update. He has worked overtime for months due to high demand, but i dont believe they've forced him to do so under fear for his job.
Additionally,the company has recently fired several middle, and one general manager, enough that it sounds like a poorly managed branch of the large corporation.
In the case that management might handle this situation badly, what should he do Now, to protect himself? (Take pictures of equipment/shop setup?, get statements?, request official job descriptions in writing? (+? etc...). any/all advice helps, thanks!