13 Sep, 2016
Turbulence Causes a Wave of Injuries for Flight AttendantsRecent reports reveal that severe turbulence has been responsible for a wave of injuries involving…
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The sea-air-land rescue was fortunate, and the man is expected to make a full recovery. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) shut down the construction site, including Walsh Construction’s barge, for a complete investigation. Just as important as diagnosing the accident is preventing similar accidents in the future.
While the cause of the Riverwalk accident is still unknown, many construction site accidents are caused by a shift in priorities. When a contractor places schedules, financing or media attention ahead of worker safety, accidents inevitably happen. Chicago workers compensation attorneys know that job safety must be any worker’s first priority.
Workers must be safety-conscious, but the responsibility goes far beyond the hardhats. Worksites must be planned and managed with safety in mind. Safe practices must be ingrained.
Contractors and business owners bear responsibility for workplace safety. Disdain by decision-makers for regulations—“So much red tape!”—creates risk. Chicago workers compensation attorneys often contend with such owner-caused issues.
While the bulk of the responsibility for providing a safe work environment falls to the owners, contractors, and management of a construction site, workers need to think of themselves first. Some sensible ways to work safely on a construction site, garnered from cases handled by Chicago workers compensation attorneys:
While construction workers face unique safety hazards, all work sites, from a quiet library to the deck of a rolling ship, should be viewed as potentially hazardous. Workers should not be lulled into a false sense of security. Never assume a boss, or a boss’s boss, is looking out for workers. Many times, they are not. Chicago workers compensation attorneys know from experience you have to look out for yourself, and insist on basic protections:
Chicago workers compensation attorneys know many seemingly safe jobs have risks. An individual may not be a construction worker wrangling steel beams off a Chicago River barge, but even in an office setting, sensible safety precautions can prevent injuries:
When individuals take responsibility for their own safety at work, and contractors or business owners make job safety everyone’s priority, workplaces become more efficient, return greater return on investment, and increase productivity.