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.
A century ago, most Arizona workers earned a living in manufacturing, mining, farming or other labor-intensive professions. Back then jobs were more physically demanding and serious workplace injuries were more common.
Every year, 4,500 construction workers are injured and 50 die due to scaffolding-related accidents nationwide. With a few sensible precautions, Arizona worksites can significantly reduce the likelihood of a construction accident.
Arizona employees who are injured on the job are entitled to compensation for many things - but blanket travel expenses for medical care is not one of them.
Workers' compensation laws are regulated by each state. In the past, injured Arizona employees had to stop working for seven full consecutive days before becoming eligible to receive workers' compensation. This meant they would miss out on much-needed benefits if they missed non-consecutive days or worked part-time while recovering from their injuries. Thanks to a recent court ruling, this is no longer the rule for those hurt at work.
It is clear that accidents can happen at any time in any environment, but employers often seek to prevent workplace accidents through training and safety equipment. Despite these efforts, workplace accidents still occur and affect employees and their families. A work injury can sometimes leave an employee partially disabled and unable to return to work for a period of time. In these cases, workers' compensation is a crucial benefit that helps the injured worker make ends meet until they recover and return to work.
When an Arizona worker is hurt while on the job it can be a significant blow to their financial health as well as their physical health. Illness and injury often keep workers out of their jobs and prevent them from earning their paychecks. An injury or illness can make a worker feel physically helpless and unable to support his family all at the same time.
Despite improvements over time, and better safety measures, construction remains one of the most dangerous jobs. Work accidents are not uncommon, and often involve falls, crush injuries or other types of serious accidents. These kinds of workplace injuries not only result in serious physical limitations but also create financial concerns when an injured worker is unable to work for a substantial period of time. In the worst cases, a worker is killed while on the job, which can cause extreme financial hardship for his or her family.
Construction work in Phoenix and across the state is a form of employment that many people do to earn a living. It's a necessary job that benefits the community and provides a service both publicly and privately. While a construction worker is generally well trained and most employers take care to make certain their work areas are safe, a construction accident is sometimes unavoidable. It might be due to carelessness on the part of the employer, circumstances or a mistake made by the workers. Regardless, our law firm understands the importance of knowing what to do after an accident occurs.