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.
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.
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.
Arizona construction sites are dangerous places, to be sure. Many companies institute safety regulations to help keep their workers safe. Imagine how many construction accidents would potentially occur without the proper precautions. Sadly, in another state, a construction company's apparent willful disregard of these safety precautions resulted in the death of a worker.
When working on Arizona jobsites, there are, unfortunately, any number of ways in which a worker can get injured. Roofing accidents, though, can be one of the most serious. Sadly, in a state east of Arizona, a roofer recently fell to his death at his jobsite.