Construction has long been one of the most dangerous industries for people in Ohio and elsewhere to work in. Electricity is especially hazardous to work with, and electrical accidents make up a significant portion of serious and fatal workplace injuries each year.
Over the years, there has been a stronger focus on mental health in Ohio and the rest of the United States. Many workers who battle with anxiety, depression, ADHD and other forms of mental illnesses have stepped forward to voice their experiences and raise awareness. Employers have also increasingly become involved to provide assistance to employers.
Ohio workers' compensation law limits the amount and type of damages you may receive if you sustain an on-the-job injury. In a typical workers' comp case, you might receive compensation to cover your medical expenses, rehabilitation costs and a portion of your lost wages but not for much else. Because workers' comp law limits the benefits you may recover for a single injury, you may wonder if you can file a personal injury lawsuit against your employer instead. Unfortunately, the answer is, not likely.
When you work on an Ohio construction site, you might get hurt in a variety of ways. However, you may not expect a vehicle to back over you. Workers may easily die in these accidents, as discussed in a previous blog post. To stay safe on a construction site, it is important to understand how you can prevent these incidents from occurring.
Construction sites are active throughout Ohio, year round. Mechanical equipment, scaffolding and other job site needs can cause severe injuries and fatalities if safety precautions are not in place or ignored. If you sustained injuries on the job, there might be grounds for a claim. The team at Mezibov Butler has experience representing clients in construction accident litigation.
If you work at an Ohio construction site, you may have some concern about the possibility of electrical accidents, and with good reason. According to WebMD, on-the-job electrical accidents account for most of the 1,000 deaths from electrocution that occur in the United States every year.
Whether involved in residential, commercial or traffic construction projects, workers in Ohio frequently find themselves in potentially risky situations. Many of these situations involve being near large equipment or vehicles. Employers are responsible for ensuring that proper safety procedures are developed and that all staff, including supervisors, are trained about these procedures. Job site management staff is responsible for making sure these procedures are followed.
There seem to be no end to the types of risks workers in the construction industry in Ohio face on the job. Working around heavy materials and machinery, at great heights and near electricity are just some of these risks. Construction employes who work in trenches also must deal with dangers but should be able to trust that their employers have proper safety plans and procedures in place to protect them.
A ladder is one tool that may be used by people at work in Ohio in a variety of industries and job environments as well as by people in varying roles. While there are many different types of ladders, there are some regulations for proper and safe use that apply to all ladders in all situations. Understanding these is important for all employees and certainly for all employers as they should make sure their teams are informed and trained on following these guidelines.
Many Ohio employees do not think twice about possible dangers when clocking in at work for the day; after all, a large majority of occupations pose a minimum threat to the everyday worker. However, those in the construction industry do not always have this privilege, and, in fact, face a considerable amount of hazards on any given shift. The following information delves into these potentially deadly hazards, and what the proactive steps the industry takes to avoid them.