Keeping your head on straight, or at all for that matter, can be a tricky task as a construction worker. You’ve got scaffolding to navigate, loud noises from machinery to bear, and countless occupational hazards to avoid. One wrong move and you could slip and impale yourself, fall to your death or break your back on the long way down to the ground. A course or two in construction safety can help to prevent job hazards—and employers are required by law to provide this.
Dying for a Dollar
Workplace fatalities still occur, even though workplace safety is a high priority in the United States. Some of the workplace fatalities in FY 2015 include:
- Multiple workers were killed after a roof collapsed.
- Fatalities occurred after workers fell from tie-beams, forklifts, decks, and roofs.
- One worker died on the job after being ejected from a vehicle, while another was killed by a tractor.
- Mechanical malfunctions have led to several deaths as well.
As unfortunate as these deaths were, 12 workers die due to work-related accidents in the US every single day. You and your employer must work hand in hand to stay protected from workplace injuries and fatalities.
Protection by the Powers that Be
Did you know that you are supposed to be protected on the job? Workplace safety is a top priority for OSHA, and it should be the main focus for your employer. According to the OSHA’s Reporting Fatality, Injury, and Illness Information to the Government Standard (updated in January 2015):
- Employers are required to report any fatalities occurring on the job.
- They have to report these to OSHA within 8 hours of becoming aware of the incident.
- Upon learning about on-the-job incidents related to eye loss, amputation or hospitalization, employers must report the event within 24 hours.
- Your employer must report the incidents either by phone or through the Electronic Reporting Form for Employers web page.
If you experience an on-the-job injury, your employer has to report this. If they do not, you can contact OSHA and file a complaint. Why is this so important? If you are going to file a workers’ compensation claim, which is done through OSHA, your case must be documented through this agency. If it is not documented, then you are standing on shaky ground when it comes to filing for workers’ comp. To save you a lot of trouble down the line, you need to make sure your case was verified by OSHA.
General Workplace Safety Training
You don’t have to be in the construction industry to see dangers on the job. Other workplaces—including mining, logging, and manufacturing sites—are infamous for their work hazards. Thanks to OSHA-accepted safety training courses, you can maintain the necessary knowledge to be safer at your job. If you are ready to protect yourself from workplace injuries and fatalities, we have the safety training that you need. Request a free demo of our workplace safety library!