The Occupational Safety and Health Administration becomes involved when employees are seriously injured or killed -- or have a close call in which either result might have occurred -- here in Arizona and elsewhere. The agency does not like to say that it investigates work accidents, but rather work incidents since time and experience show that most injurious events are preventable. Nevertheless, their investigations provide valuable information regarding deficiencies in workplace safety, or the lack of any safety measures at all.
Arizona workers in industrial facilities are typically at risk of suffering life-altering injuries. Employers often disregard machinery safety, despite the fact that the lives of employees may be endangered. These hazards include mechanical equipment such as forklifts and other aerial lifts that require trained operators. There are specific safety precautions that operators of aerial lifts must obey to prevent accidents that could cause severe injuries to themselves and other workers in the area.
This is a question that far too many families here in Arizona and elsewhere are forced to ask every year when their loved ones are killed while on the job. Some construction accidents happen despite the best efforts of companies and workers. However, an alarming proportion of them should never have happened in the first place.
You may feel as though your world has stopped after being injured at work. Unfortunately, work accidents do not stop the need for you to pay your bills and otherwise provide for your family. The Arizona workers' compensation system can help you with your living and medical expenses while you recover from your injuries.
Working in trenches is part of the job for many Arizona residents. Most construction companies will take the proper safety precautions to help ensure that those workers do not suffer injuries or die in a collapse. Even so, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported that construction accidents from trench collapses are up this year.