While workplace injuries can occur on any type of Wisconsin job site, construction is one of the industries that is known for more significant hazards. Statistics from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration indicate that approximately 20 percent of workplace deaths around the country in 2014 occurred in the construction sector. The most serious instances fall into categories that have remained consistent for many years. In fact, fall-protection incidents have held the top position as a cause of construction deaths for four years.
Inadequate training is another significant shortcoming as it relates to OSHA violations. Employers are expected to train employees in connection with job-related hazards, and they are expected to provide confirmation of this training. Personal protection is another serious source of workplace injuries in construction. Facial protection is important for guarding against hazards such as silica that could be inhaled. Eye protection guards against various types of materials as well. Head protection can make the difference between life and death if something falls from above on a construction site. Communications are also essential for avoiding injuries, especially when hazardous materials are in use on a job site.
As OSHA works to update its rules to better address today’s cost of living and workplace issues, employers are expected to comply to ensure that their workers are properly protected. However, despite all precautions, accidents continue to occur.
Workers who are injured on the job may be able to file a claim for benefits under their employer’s workers’ compensation coverage. Having the assistance of an attorney to ensure that the claim is complete and filed on a timely basis might be advisable.