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Is the "good enough" mindset ever good enough on a job site?

Construction company owners in Arizona must provide employees with safe work environments. A part of this responsibility involves safety training that covers recognizing potential hazards and knowing how to avoid injuries on the job site. Too many employers and construction workers have the "good enough" mindset that has them taking only one safety precaution and disregarding other crucial ones.

An example is a man on a scaffold that stands multiple stories high. The employee thinks strapping on a fall harness is good enough, but he lacks training in the proper use of the fall arrest system. The same goes for falling objects from scaffolds. Dropping even a small piece of equipment from above could cause catastrophic or fatal injuries to a worker at a lower level, and wearing a tool belt is not good enough.

Additional safety steps to avoid struck-by dropped object injuries include limiting the movement of workers below a scaffold structure by barricading the area and posting signs to warn others of the danger. The scaffold platforms must have guardrails and toe boards, with containers to hold tools and other objects that do not fit in tool belts. In addition, an adequate safety net below the work area can catch any dropped objects. None of these safety precautions is good enough on their own, and unless all the steps are taken, dropped objects will remain deadly hazards.

Construction workers in Arizona can refuse to work on an unsafe job site with limited protective gear or the necessary precautions because their employers say it is good enough. Those who suffer on-the-job injuries will likely be eligible for workers' compensation benefits. An attorney with experience in dealing with the state-regulated workers' compensation insurance system can provide valuable support and guidance to obtain compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages and other applicable benefits.

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