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Standards to prevent workplace injuries in car wash facilities

Just like workers in factories, construction sites and meat processing plants in Arizona, those who work in car washes face occupational safety hazards. Business owners in this industry are responsible for the health and safety of their employees, and compliance with the safety standards prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is essential. Along with safety standards for the general industry, car wash owners must address any potential industry-related hazards that could cause workplace injuries.

A car wash owner's responsibilities include frequent safety audits to identify potential hazards and to keep the safety plan of the business current. An example of changing risks include the introduction of new chemicals used for cleaning and polishing cars. Workers must learn about the chemical compounds of each substance to which they are exposed, the risk they pose, proper uses and safe storage requirements. Incorrect storage of chemicals can allow volatile mixtures to occur -- often with devastating consequences.

Do you know what to do after a workplace injury?

In a physically demanding job, your chances of sustaining a serious injury can be much higher than that of an office employee. But do you know what steps to take in the unfortunate event that you receive an injury at work?

Slips-and-falls, heavy lifting and working with dangerous equipment and tools are some of the most common causes of workplace injuries. When you receive an injury on the job, you may be facing expensive medical bills. A workplace injury can even put you out of the job. That’s why it’s important to take the necessary steps to ensure that you can get the help you need after a serious workplace injury.

Fatal workplace accident claims construction worker's life

Some of the most dangerous areas on construction sites in Arizona and elsewhere are excavations and trenches. For this reason, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes strict safety regulations for keeping workers safe. There are several options by which the walls of trenches can be stabilized, including shoring, sloping and inserting trench boxes, which can prevent a workplace accident. Sadly, lives are often lost when these regulations are disregarded.

A construction worker recently lost his life in a trench collapse in Tucson. In this case, the walls of the trench were not adequately supported or sloped. The victim was not even in the trench when the wall collapsed. Reportedly, he was standing on the edge of the trench when the ground underneath him caved in. He toppled into the excavation and was overwhelmed by the soil.

Construction worker severely burned in workplace accident

Employers in Arizona are responsible for protecting their employees from illness and injury. Unfortunately, many business owners fail to keep workers safe, often with devastating consequences. A recent workplace accident in Phoenix that left a worker with severe burn injuries underscored the opinion of some that profits are often the priority instead of worker safety.

Reportedly, despite the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's standards related to the hazards posed by overhead power lines, a worker was allowed to work on a scissor lift directly underneath the cables. Accidental contact occurred, and the worker was electrocuted. He suffered burn injuries over about half his body. Arrangements should be made with utility companies to de-energize power lines while workers have to work nearby.

Harness can arrest fall from scaffolding but cause fatal injury

Construction workers in Arizona face the same hazards as those in other states. They are also entitled to equal protection from workplace hazards under state and federal laws as prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Two construction workers in another state were fortunate to be rescued from where they were suspended from safety harnesses after the scaffolding on which they were working collapsed.

According to the incident report, the workers were on a scaffold when it collapsed for reasons yet to be determined. Fortunately, they were equipped with fall arrest harnesses, and they knew how to operate the protective gear. The harnesses arrested their falls, but it left them suspended approximately 35 feet above the ground.

Fatal workplace accident leads to prison sentence for employer

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has strict safety standards with which employers in Arizona and other states must comply. Employers who violate those standards put the lives of workers at risk. A victim of a workplace accident is typically eligible for workers' compensation benefits to cover medical expenses and lost wages regardless of who was at fault.

However, if it can be shown that a workplace accident resulted from an employer's gross negligence, criminal charges might be filed. If there is probable cause for criminal charges, there might also be grounds for a civil lawsuit. One such a case followed the 2017 death of a 39-year-old roof worker in another state. OSHA investigators found that the roofing contractor failed to provide the worker with fall protection while he worked on the roof of a three-story building.

When construction workers return to work too soon

It can take weeks, even months to fully recover from a severe physical injury. But, in some circumstances, workers may be back on the job before they can mentally and physically perform their duties.

When construction workers are doing dangerous and physically intensive labor before they are fully healed, it can lead to problems for both the worker and their employer down the road, particularly if the employer is pressuring them to return to work.

Which types of construction jobs are the most dangerous?

If you think cranes, scaffolding and heavy equipment have seemingly been everywhere recently, you’re not imagining it. According to a report from ABC 15, the construction industry in the Phoenix area has been booming. From March 2018-19, the Phoenix area added just under 14,000 construction jobs – and didn’t even fill all openings.

There are many good jobs in construction, and they often pay well. But before you or a loved one takes a gig, it is important to be fully aware of the potential dangers.

Scaffolding remains a major safety hazard in construction

Workers on construction sites in Arizona face an endless list of safety hazards, regardless of the project on which they are working. Safety authorities say that scaffolding violations lead to a significant percentage of all citations issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Research has also shown that the costs related to scaffolding injuries average over $45,000 each.

OSHA emphasizes scaffolding safety when they do investigations and inspections. The agency requires construction company owners to provide the necessary safety training. Along with hazard training, safety plans must include maintenance and operations related to scaffolds, such as the proper use of fall arrest equipment and how to prevent dropped tool incidents that could injure workers at lower levels.

A torn rotator cuff can cause significant pain and discomfort

Workers in Arizona whose jobs require frequent lifting of heavy objects can suffer shoulder and back injuries with long-term consequences. One of the most painful of these injuries is a torn rotator cuff. The shoulder is a highly complex joint, and few people stop to think about the wide range of movements this joint allows until they suffer such an injury.

Rotator cuff tears can be partial, complete or acute, all of which cause significant pain and discomfort. In some cases, it is a degenerative injury that develops over time with the gradual wear of the shoulder tendons. This type of tear typically affects the dominant arm of a worker after years of repetitive stress on the shoulder joint.

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