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Recuperation should be main concern after construction accidents

Arizona construction sites are hectic, busy places, and even when everyone is being careful, injuries may still occur. Because of the often-chaotic atmosphere with workers coming and going and the sometimes-unpredictable elements, construction accidents can happen even to the most experienced employees. Thankfully, when workers are injured, there are benefits like workers' compensation to help.

At a construction site in another state, a worker was recently injured when a trench collapsed. The 31-year-old man was in a pipe ditch when a rock from a side wall fell onto his legs. The owner of the excavation company called emergency services, who quickly arrived on-site to free the trapped worker.

Construction site work injuries covered by workers' compensation

Workers' compensation, a type of insurance to help cover lost wages and medical expenses to employees injured on the job, was instituted because all jobs carry some degree of risk. Some Arizona work places, however, carry a higher likelihood of work injuries than others. For example, construction workers may run a higher risk of on-the-job accidents.

In another state, a worker was flown to the hospital after a recent construction site accident. According to reports, a house was being built when the foundation gave way. The worker fell into the hole, and the concrete debris from the collapse fell in on top of the man's legs, trapping him.

Industrial accident results in fatal electrocution

Workers' compensation can prove crucial for Arizona employees injured on the job. But what about more serious incidents involving worker fatalities? While workers' comp cannot bring the deceased back to a grieving family, it can at least provide financial relief for those who have lost a family member in an industrial accident.

In another state, a worker was recently killed after an on-the-job accident. The employee was working on an inoperative conveyor belt by attempting to resupply power to the belt's motor. Although he had used a lock-out system to power off the line he was working with, the power wire was apparently still live when he spliced the wires to make the proper connections. Reports by the local sheriff's office indicate that the worker was electrocuted by the live wire he believed had been shut off.

Compensation for families after fatal construction accidents

For Arizona construction workers injured on job sites, workers' compensation can mean one less thing to worry about while they recover from their injuries. Unfortunately, sometimes construction accidents prove fatal, such as in a recent incident in another state. Tragically, the accident resulted in the death of a construction worker from a fall.

Regulations permit the scaling of ladders without fall protection to heights of up to 15 feet, and the worker fell from only 12 feet. Tragically, in this case, the fall still proved deadly, at least as far as medical examinations to date can determine, since no other cause of death was immediately apparent during an external autopsy. The state's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an inquiry to investigate further, just to be certain.

Workers' comp important for employees injured in work accidents

Arizona employers have a responsibility to make the workplace as safe and free from potential hazards as possible. In fact, a federal agency known as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigates work accidents to figure out what happened and whether the employer violated any safety guidelines. Moreover, injured workers are typically entitled to workers' compensation benefits to cover medical expenses and income lost while recovering. The surviving family members of a worker killed on-the-job are likewise entitled to survivor' benefits through the same state-regulated insurance system.

In another state, a contract company is facing fines after an OSHA investigation into a workplace accident. Two employees were injured in a fall while working on a bridge. According to reports, the first employee fell through a ladder opening to land on the second employee 40 feet below.

New tool hopes to assess gradual injuries before they begin

Sometimes, accidents at Arizona job sites happen in an instant. Often, though, office workers experience more gradual injuries, issues that build up over time after lots of repetitive movement or strain. University researchers have come up with what they hope will be a useful tool to quickly and easily determine stress damage caused by computer programs.

Office workers who remain at their desks and use computers for several hours every workday are prone to wrist and hand problems. While these injuries gradually develop over time, they can eventually turn into debilitating issues that make it difficult to continue working. To measure and identify stress caused by faulty ergonomics, researchers have created what they have called the Self-report Ergonomic Assessment Tool, or SEAT.

Arizona families eligible for workers' comp after work accidents

Luckily, on-the-job injuries at Arizona worksites are often minor. Even workers who are seriously injured are usually able to get the medical care or workers' compensation benefits they need in order to recuperate and get back on the job. Tragically, though, some work accidents are fatal.

In another state, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration only recently closed an investigation into just such a fatal workplace accident. The incident occurred at an electrical cable manufacturing company, Gulf Cable LLC. Toward the end of Nov. 2016, a worker was crushed to death after being pulled into a re-spool machine when he was attempting to guide electrical wiring cable into the apparatus.

Woman injured in industrial accident at Schick Manufacturing

There are any number of ways in which an accident can occur on the job. An industrial accident could be caused by anything from improper training to another employee's error to improperly maintained machinery or even a mistake on the part of the injured worker. Regardless of the circumstances, however, an Arizona employee who is injured on the job is entitled to workers' compensation benefits, with very few exceptions.

In another state, an employee of Schick Manufacturing recently suffered traumatic injuries when an appendage became entangled in one of the machines. According to other employees, the woman's right hand and arm somehow became lodged in the machinery at around 9:15 that morning. Coworkers attempted to help immediately after by disconnecting power to the machine.

Arizona commission lowers fines after work accidents

Federal officials have recently issued a warning to the commission responsible for overseeing Arizona's workplace safety agency, stating that some of its practices are unlawful and should be ceased immediately. Specifically, the letter from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is concerned with the Industrial Commission of Arizona's lowering of fines placed on companies after preventable work accidents that result in worker injury or death. The commission oversees the Arizona division of OSHA, which regulates safety in the workplace under an approved federal plan, but these unlawful practices could jeopardize its ability to run its own safety program.

After a complaint in Dec. 2016 from a workplace safety group, the federal agency investigated. Arizona's OSHA director said the investigation found that the commission was lowering fines arbitrarily without following guidelines. Its practice of reclassifying violations meant that the commission was operating outside its legal authority.

Workers' compensation after construction accidents

Some Arizona workplace accidents are unavoidable, others preventable. Workers' compensation, for the most part, does not discriminate either way, and, with the help of a lawyer, workers injured in construction accidents are often able to receive the maximum amount of benefits after they are hurt on the job. In more tragic cases when the worker is killed, workers' compensation attorneys can often help the grieving family fight for the full amount of benefits as well.

In another state, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration is attempting to determine whether a fatal workplace accident was, in fact, preventable. An M&R Construction worker in his 40s died after a fall from a makeshift platform. His coworker, a man in his 30s, was seriously injured in the fall as well.

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