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Falls are often the cause of construction workers' accidents

Injuries on the job are certainly not unheard of in the construction industry. One common cause of construction workers' accidents is injury resulting from a fall. Whether caused by precarious locations or faulty equipment, these types of injuries can be serious. A worker has recently become the third employee injured within three months at the construction site of a new building in California.

Construction workers' accidents may lead to serious injuries

When accidents happen on the job, employees may suffer serious injuries. This is particularly true in the construction industry. California construction workers' accidents may occur for a number of reasons, but when injuries coincide with them, employees may choose to file workers' compensation claims. A worker in another state may consider filing after getting hurt at a construction site.

Falls are a common cause of construction workers' accidents

Those who work in construction frequently face hazards on the job. Falls are a common cause of construction workers' accidents and can lead to many types of injuries. California workers who suffer injuries in this way may consider filing workers' compensation claims for financial relief. A worker in another state was recently injured in one such fall.

3 possible causes of scaffolding accidents

Working in construction puts people in some dangerous situations. Construction workers work high off the ground, with heavy machinery and sometimes without a stable foundation beneath them. To account for these hazards, workers often rely on things like temporary structures, like scaffolding. In fact, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, nearly two-thirds of the 2.3 million people working in construction work on scaffolds.

Common construction site hazards to avoid

American workplaces have become safer, with the number of workers killed on the job declining steadily over the past four decades. This is because of the high safety standards that have created safer jobs. However, this does not apply to every industry.

More drones making safety inspections

Over the past year, drones have commonly been seen in a negative light.  Drone users have been lambasted for using them to spy on neighbors and for flying too close to commercial airliners. Because of their popularity, the potential danger to others continues to grow. However, there is a growing need for drones as it pertains to workplace safety.

New recommendation on hearing protection for construction workers

It may go without saying that construction sites are loud places, but it may be long overdue for hearing safety standards in these venues. A pair of recent studies, one by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and another by the U.S. Department of Energy, measured the effect of occupational hearing loss  and found that a large number of construction workers had lost a great deal of hearing over the course of their careers.

OSHA issues final rule regarding electronic injury reporting

In our last post, we highlighted the increasing penalties for failing to report workplace injuries, and how it was a sign that OSHA did not trust that employers would self-report their injuries. Recently OSHA published new and final rules regarding the electronic submission of workers' injury and illness data.

Penalties for not reporting workplace injuries increasing

In a prior post, we highlighted OSHA's the success of OSHA's new injury reporting protocols. Essentially, employers who had employees who were injured in the course of their duties were required to report certain injuries and all hospitalizations within a 24 hour period. While the reporting protocols were envisioned to be easier because it was voluntary and could be done electronically, the reporting of actual injuries fell short of expected projections last year.

A cautionary tale about scaffolding violations

In our last post, we highlighted some of the basic, and necessary, steps that contractors must take to ensure workers' safety when working on scaffolding. This is especially important given how often workers fall and the severity of the injuries that can be sustained. Further, the potential OSHA violations can form the legal basis for negligence suits in addition to workers' compensation benefits.

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