Are you safe at work? While most people never expect to be injured while working, the unfortunate reality and that every year countless employees experience severe injuries – some of which are fatal. In fact, according to the most recent information made available by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a shocking 4,821 people suffered fatal injuries while working in 2014, with nearly one-fifth of those deaths occurring in the construction industry alone.
So how did Ohio workers fare? Well, according to the BLS, there were 185 fatal occupational injuries in Ohio during 2014 – a 24 percent increase from the year before.
Probably the most maddening thing about these deaths is that most of them could have been prevented had employers, managers and worksite supervisors simply taken precautions and followed the appropriate safety guidelines. However, despite the fact that the federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) hands out countless safety violations every year, employees are still put at risk because corners are cut.
For instance, here are the top 10 OSHA violations during the 2015 fiscal year:
- Failure to provide proper protection from falls
- Failure to supply/build safe scaffolding
- Failure to adhere to the safety requirements associated with the use of ladders
- Failure to supply proper respiratory protection
- Failure to make sure that workers are supplied with information and warnings regarding hazardous substances and chemicals
- Failure to make sure machinery has sufficient guards
- Failure to make sure electrical wiring and equipment are hazard-free
- Failure to adhere to the safety regulations associated with electrical wiring methods, equipment and components
- Failure to adhere to the safety requirements associated with powered industrial trucks, including fork-lifts
- Failure to maintain or service equipment that may experience unexpected start-ups or the release of stored energy
Where can I turn for help?
If, while working construction or any other job, you have suffered a serious work-related injury, you may be entitled to compensation and several different types of benefits.
To learn more, you need to contact an experienced attorney right away. A skilled lawyer can explain your legal options and help ensure your rights are protected.