Arizona companies are required to follow regulations set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in order to ensure that the work environment is safe for employees. For instance, construction workers often find themselves working well above the ground. Since one of the common causes of construction accidents is falling from significant heights, employers are responsible for ensuring that their employees have the proper safety equipment and training.
Even though it is highly regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, asbestos continues to be a problem at many construction sites throughout the country, including many here in Arizona. Work injuries due to asbestos exposure often do not manifest right away. It could take years for symptoms of exposure to appear, and the results are often deadly.
Arizona workers are not only eligible for workers' compensation benefits after being wounded in a catastrophic and sudden accident while at work. They are also eligible for benefits when they suffer from gradual injuries that develop over time. Due to the fact that it can takes weeks, months or even years for these injuries to reach an intolerable level, the insurer and employer might attempt to either reduce the benefits you receive or deny your claim all together.
Most Arizona companies take the safety of their employees seriously and provide them with the training and equipment they need to keep from being hurt on-the-job. However, other companies fail to follow the regulations and laws enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). They fail to acknowledge that the proper training and equipment are essential to preventing a work injury.