These days, many people are concerned about the source of the salmon they eat, the conditions in factories where their t-shirts are made, and the level of radon in their homes. When it comes to their own workplace, however, some people are less vigilant.
The first lines of defense in preventing workplace injuries are equipment guards and training. If those measures are inadequate or impractical, OSHA rules require employers to provide all affected employees with personal protective equipment, or PPE.
Arizona prides itself on the diligence and ingenuity of its workforce. But, when it comes to workplace safety, how do the state's employers compare with those of other states and the nation as a whole?
When an Arizona resident is injured on the job, the workers' compensation program compensates for medical care and other expenses incurred as a result of the injury. Typically, a worker and the medical provider of choice determine treatment decisions. Now, worrisome trends involving a neighboring state, and in other states, may threaten that arrangement.
Arizonans, like other Americans, are proud of their work ethic. For better or worse, our identities are wrapped up in what we do. However, when we cannot work due to a workplace accident, we suffer great physical and emotional distress.