While the U.S. economy has grown and strengthened since the Great Depression of 2008, many San Diego area residents are likely still reeling emotionally and financially from past job layoffs and months of unemployment. Gainfully employed once again, many area residents are likely to just be happy to have a steady income and be able to pay the bills.
Workers should not, however, become complacent when it comes to workplace safety. Whether an individual drives an 18-wheeler for a living or sits at a desk all day, every work environment has certain inherent dangers and hazards that must be addressed.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, U.S. workers were afforded legal rights to a safe and hazard-free work environment. Since the passage of the 1970 Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration has worked to establish and enforce workplace health and safety standards and requirements.
Of course some occupations are inherently more dangerous than others. For example, individuals who work in construction face many hazards on a daily basis. Construction workers must often work in close proximity to large moving machinery and equipment. Additionally, a certain project may require a worker to scale scaffolding or work in a trench. Falling objects are also another occupational hazard at construction worksites as are falls from heights.
When it comes to construction worksites, it’s virtually impossible to remove all hazardous work conditions, materials and equipment. There are, however, numerous steps employers can take to help prevent construction accidents. Ensuring workers receive proper and adequate training and that workers have access to and wear fall prevention equipment are just two of the steps employers can take to help keep workers safe.
Construction workers who have been injured in a work accident may choose to discuss their situation with an attorney who handles personal injury matters. By taking legal action, an injured worker may be able to recover compensation related to injuries, disability, medical expenses and lost wages.
Source: OSHA.gov, “You have the right to a safe workplace,” 2014