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Construction Workers' Accidents Archives

Federal guidelines promote greater safety on worksites

If you work in construction, then you almost certainly already know that falling is the most prevalent cause of death on construction worksites. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recognizes this huge issue in the construction world, and has launched a program to combat it. OSHA firmly believes that all or most of these deaths can be prevented with proper training, and aims to reduce construction fatalities from falling with its fall prevention campaign.

What are my employer’s obligations to my safety?

As a worker, you have a right to a reasonably safe workplace. However, even when an employer meets their obligations, accidents can still happen. If you have concerns about the safety of your workplace, it is helpful to know what you can reasonably expect from your employer under their duty to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Protect yourself from heat injuries on the job

Summer is in full swing, which means that increased temperatures pose very real risks for those in construction and other outside occupations. If you or someone you love works in construction, be sure to take proper care to keep safe in case of dangerously high heat.

Construction collapse injures 9 workers

An Oakland construction site narrowly missed what could have been a huge disaster recently, resulting in nine injured workers and, thankfully, no fatalities. The accident occurred when the structure collapsed while workers were pouring wet concrete for the second floor, sending more than 30 workers tumbling down to the ground level.

Construction workers to participate in stand down for safety

Across the nation, falling while on a construction site remains the largest cause of injury and death among construction workers. To combat this problem, and hopefully create more workplaces that preserve workers' safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Center for Construction Research and Training (CCRT) are encouraging construction employers to take time to participate in the fourth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. The nationwide push will take place between May 8 and 12.

Do you work with scaffolds? Here's how to stay safe

Most California construction workers have a lot of experience working on scaffolds. As such, if you work at a construction site, you've probably helped assemble scaffolding and used it to carry out your job responsibilities. Due to the prevalence of their use, it's probably not surprising that scaffold-related injuries are some of the most common among construction workers.

Employee responsibilities and airborne contaminants

As a construction employee, your employer has the responsibility to keep you safe from a number of potentially harmful substances and situations, including airborne contaminants. The methods for controlling exposure vary, but the underlying premise is the same for all employers — all employees have the right to a reasonably safe workplace. In some cases, it may not be possible to completely avoid all contact with airborne contaminants, but your rights to safety should not be subject to convenience. If you feel that your rights are being violated, an experienced attorney can help you determine if your employer is caring for his or her employees appropriately.

What kinds of injuries occur on a construction site?

For those who work on construction sites, there is often an attitude that promotes keeping your head down and doing your job without complaining. In and of itself, this is an admirable quality, but it can have unintended negative consequences. For instance, you or someone you love may have suffered a legitimate construction site injury and simply not know that they may qualify for compensation and treatment. It is important to know what kinds of injuries can occur on construction sites to determine if you have suffered such an injury already and keep you safer in the future.

Man faces criminal charges after crane accident

Workplace accidents are always heartbreaking, but some are exceptionally so. Recently, a worker who was involved in a workplace accident that claimed the lives of his own son and another worker is facing criminal charges in the matter. The incident occurred in 2014, when the man was operating a crane lifting a basket. The basket came loose and the two workers riding in it plunged over eight stories to their deaths.

Electrical construction hazards

Among the many workplace hazards that are often the most deadly, electricity is an extremely dangerous element of nearly every workplace. For those whose jobs involve regular exposure to high voltage electrical equipment, there are many ways to be severely harmed or killed. Staying safe in those circumstances begins with educating yourself to the dangers that are present.

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