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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June is the month in which the Occupational Safety and Health Administration focuses on reminding the construction industry in Arizona and across the country of the importance of trench safety. Every trench-related workplace accident is potentially fatal, and that is what the National Trench Safety Stand Down from June 17 to June 21 seeks to prevent. A cave-in can happen in the blink of an eye.
Construction workers in Phoenix have a difficult job. They work long hours of physical labor, often in punishing heat. In addition, the nature of the job often exposes construction workers to the risk of serious injury. When an accident occurs, the victim could be laid up and unable to work for months – if they are not permanently disabled.
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.