Safety authorities say falls are some the most common causes of fatalities and severe injuries in the construction industry nationwide, including Arizona. Employers must protect the health and safety of employees, and address known safety hazards that could cause work injuries. This responsibility includes providing adequate safety training and personal protective equipment, along with instructions on the proper use of fall harnesses and their anchors.
Construction workers face an endless list of hazards -- many of them life-threatening -- and those who are not alert at all times might be caught unawares. However, it is not uncommon for workers to come away from potentially deadly accidents with work injuries that are less severe. Many employers in Arizona take particular note of these near-misses to prevent potentially traumatic consequences in the future.
Construction workers in Arizona and other states will always be at risk of suffering injuries, regardless of the safety precautions taken by their employers. This is underscored by the death of a construction worker in another state. The owners of the construction company claim they are serious about protecting the safety and health of their employees, and say they work to avoid construction accidents.
Construction sites in Arizona are no different from those anywhere else in the country: busy, chaotic and, unfortunately, potentially dangerous. While most employers take steps to ensure the well-being of their workers, some companies are less careful when it comes to following safety protocols and regulations; regardless, accidents can still occur at even the most conscientious construction sites. It's situations like this that make workers' compensation so important.
Arizona construction sites are hectic, busy places, and even when everyone is being careful, injuries may still occur. Because of the often-chaotic atmosphere with workers coming and going and the sometimes-unpredictable elements, construction accidents can happen even to the most experienced employees. Thankfully, when workers are injured, there are benefits like workers' compensation to help.
Workers' compensation, a type of insurance to help cover lost wages and medical expenses to employees injured on the job, was instituted because all jobs carry some degree of risk. Some Arizona work places, however, carry a higher likelihood of work injuries than others. For example, construction workers may run a higher risk of on-the-job accidents.
For Arizona construction workers injured on job sites, workers' compensation can mean one less thing to worry about while they recover from their injuries. Unfortunately, sometimes construction accidents prove fatal, such as in a recent incident in another state. Tragically, the accident resulted in the death of a construction worker from a fall.
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.
Because construction sites tend to be relatively more dangerous places to work, most construction companies try to do everything they can to keep their workers safe. Sadly, accidents still happen from time to time, which is one of the many reasons workers' compensation is so important. When an Arizona employee is killed in a workplace accident, the last thing the surviving family should have to worry about is money.
When employees suffer an injury on the job and have to miss work, they should not have to worry about whether they will be able to pay their bills. This was the reason that workers' compensation was instituted as an insurance to help cover missed work hours and pay for healthcare for Arizona workers who were either injured while doing their jobs or became ill as a direct result of their work. What happens, though, when the accident goes beyond injury and kills the worker? Thankfully, workers' compensation usually provides survivor benefits for eligible dependents as well.