Occupational injuries of various types occur every day in Pennsylvania and across the nation. In fact, in 2013, American employers incurred about $62 billion in losses stemming from work-related injuries that left employees unable to work for for six days or more. Of that amount, roughly $51 billion related to disabling occupational injuries, such as overexertion, falls and repetitive motion.
For this reason, companies should go beyond unsuccessful safety training videos, seminars and signage and do more to protect their workers. Ineffective safety procedures were partially to blame for the deaths of 12 construction workers during 2007 and 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to a Las Vegas Sun investigation.
To avoid occupational injuries and illnesses from happening, OSHA conducted roughly 800 conferences in 2015 for construction industry employers. The training sessions helped employers to target possible dangers and improve working conditions for their employees. In addition, many construction companies hold safety meeting sessions on a weekly or monthly basis and are required to have regular safety sessions with construction workers at the work site. Employees who regularly attend the meetings earn an OSHA certification, which they must show prior to accessing the work site.
From falling off ladders and scaffolding to being hit by falling objects, construction workers are often in harm’s way at the work site. For these reasons, most employers are obligated to provide workers’ compensation benefits to any employee who suffers a work-related injury or illness. These benefits help the injured employee to obtain medical treatment and provide partial wage replacement.
Source: Vegas Inc, “With billions lost and lives shaken by workplace injuries, safety is more than a priority”, Howard Riell, Aug. 1, 2016