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Construction works falls to his death in Phoenix

Despite improvements over time, and better safety measures, construction remains one of the most dangerous jobs. Work accidents are not uncommon, and often involve falls, crush injuries or other types of serious accidents. These kinds of workplace injuries not only result in serious physical limitations but also create financial concerns when an injured worker is unable to work for a substantial period of time. In the worst cases, a worker is killed while on the job, which can cause extreme financial hardship for his or her family.

In Phoenix, at a job site located in the University of Phoenix Stadium parking lot, a construction worker recently suffered a 25-foot fall, which ultimately resulted in his death. The construction worker was a 31-year-old male who was working on building a stage for a tailgate party for the upcoming Super Bowl. It is unclear at this point what caused the worker to fall, but authorities do not suspect foul play. Emergency personnel, including firefighters and paramedics, responded to the scene and transported the man to the hospital, but he was pronounced dead after arriving there.

Getting hurt at work is a serious matter

Despite strict regulations that mandate safety standards for many United States industries, American workers get hurt in droves every year. Some of those injured workers live right here in Phoenix and each day they work to cope with the harms they sustained while trying to earn their livings. From serious, life-threatening workplace accidents to minor incidents that leave workers wondering if they should report their ailments, on-the-job injuries affect workers across many types of jobs.

Regardless of the type of employment a person has, his or her employer should take some steps to protect the worker while performing the duties of his or her job. Although such steps can vary depending upon the type of work the employee must do, workers should be properly trained and provided with adequate safety equipment to perform their work-related tasks in a safe manner. When employers fail to provide such education and tools to the individuals in their employ, liability on the part of the employer may result.

Work accident on Arizona farm sends man to hospital

Almost any job that a Phoenix resident may have could involve hazards to some degree. While the occupational hazards associated with some high-risk fields of employment may present more serious threats to workers in those jobs than workers in other fields, no worker should suffer harm while doing his job. When employees suffer injuries in the course of their employment, the causes of those workplace accidents sometimes point back to negligence on the part of the workers' employers.

A man working at a farm associated with the Rousseau Farming Company in Surprise was recently injured in an accident on the job while driving a tractor for his employer. The man was in the closed cab farm vehicle when it tipped over and into a water-filled canal. Other workers on the farm had to use a second piece of farming equipment to lift the tipped tractor and free the man. The victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Legal help after a construction accident in Phoenix

Construction work in Phoenix and across the state is a form of employment that many people do to earn a living. It's a necessary job that benefits the community and provides a service both publicly and privately. While a construction worker is generally well trained and most employers take care to make certain their work areas are safe, a construction accident is sometimes unavoidable. It might be due to carelessness on the part of the employer, circumstances or a mistake made by the workers. Regardless, our law firm understands the importance of knowing what to do after an accident occurs.

With injuries in a construction accident, there will be medical treatment and a possible hospitalization. This can cost a great deal of money. If the worker is hurt badly with a loss of limb, the need for surgery or even paralysis, the costs will be astronomical and the family will bear the brunt of having to figure out how to navigate the difficult process of assisting an injured loved one.

How do I file a claim for industrial workers' accidents?

When a worker in Arizona suffers from a workplace injury, there are many things that must be considered by the worker and his or her family. Before anything else, it's imperative that there be an understanding of the details of filing a claim for workers' compensation after industrial workers' accidents. In order to receive benefits after industrial accidents, the claimant must follow the proper procedures or there will be an issue with approval.

When filing the claim, it must be filed within one year from when the injury happened or when the worker was informed of the condition he or she suffers from. It is up to the worker to file the claim, be responsible for all the various pieces of information - documents and notices - that make hearing requests possible if there is a disagreement regarding the details of the case.

How do I know if I'm covered by workers' compensation?

Arizona employees can have a difficult time learning about the benefits to which they are entitled, such as workers' compensation insurance. You can read about workers' compensation in the Arizona Constitution and the Arizona Revised Statutes. Unfortunately, these documents often contain too much legal jargon to navigate. While the following information is not all inclusive, it does provide a basic understanding of who is covered by workers compensation.

If you do not know whether you are covered by workers' compensation, the answers is that you probably are. Arizona mandates that employers offer the coverage to their employees. This law covers both full- and part-time employees. However, those who employ independent contractors or casual workers do not need to provide coverage. Additionally, those in a domestic servitude role, such as a housekeeper in a private home, are not covered.

Government employees more likely to be hurt on the job

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently published a study showing how the occurrence of injuries differed between government and private sector employees. According to their findings, more than 3 million private sector employees suffered work-related illnesses and injuries in 2013 (or about 3.3 percent of all private sector employees), whereas only 746,000 public employees filed were hurt on the job last year.

Of the 3 million private sector cases reported, about 75 percent occurred in service industry-related jobs. Over half the cases in the private sector were serious claims that required employees to take time off from work. Manufacturing, retail and utility sectors continue to see an annual decrease in the number of reported employee injuries.

How do you prevent falls at construction sites?

Workers in Arizona are well aware that some occupations are inherently dangerous. Those employed in jobs that pose risks to their well-being should understand ways to enhance safety in the workplace in an effort to prevent workplace injuries. Employers should take certain steps to increase safety by providing up-to-date training and safety equipment. When accidents do occur in the workplace, employers should implement preventative measures to avoid similar incidents from occurring again, such as falls at construction sites.

How do you prevent falls at construction sites? Because almost all construction sites have unprotected sides and edges, wall openings and holes in the floor during the construction process, railings and warning signs should be put in place to prevent injuries and falls. If these steps are not taken, workers could be injured from a fall or a falling object.

Workers' compensation claims may benefit from additional help

When you are injured at work, you may not know what steps to take. Simply receiving the medical care you need to recover can be a challenge, not to mention the mountain of bills that you may be facing once you receive that care. Workers' compensation can help cover these bills, but the system can be overwhelming for those who are unfamiliar with it. Too often, workers believe their employer will work out the details regarding their workers' compensation claims, but that is not always the case.

Some industrial accident injuries are easy to miss

When one thinks of being injured in an industrial accident, they may think of injuries such as crush injuries or falls. Yet there are a myriad of injuries an industrial worker in Arizona could suffer while on the job.

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Jerome, Gibson, Stewart, Stevenson, Engle & Runbeck, P.C., provides experienced representation for workers' compensation and Social Security Disability cases in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, Glendale, Peoria, Avondale, Casa Grande, Flagstaff, Prescott, Tucson and Yuma, and throughout Maricopa County, Pima County, Pinal County and Yavapai County, and all of Arizona.

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