OSHA aims to raise awareness of construction falls

This year, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) hopes to educate workers about falls by inviting employers to hold a Safety Stand Down on fall hazards and prevention in the construction industry.

Employers were asked to conduct a safety meeting about falls anytime from June 2 to June 6. With the goal of reaching out to 500,000 workers in the U.S., the OSHA hopes to raise the consciousness of one in ten construction workers in the country about construction falls. The campaign was launched in light of an increasing number of fall-related deaths at construction sites. In 2012, 269 out of 775 construction deaths were reported to be fall-related.

A lack of workplace safety measures exposes the workers to dangers that might cost them their health, their career, or even their lives. If you believe employer negligence has been the cause of your injury while at work in Des Moines, our legal team at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., is willing to explore with you the possibility of filing for workers’ compensation benefits. You may reach us at 877-327-2600 today.

Men under 25 more likely to be injured at work

According to an article on The Province, men under the age of 25 are far more likely to be involved in workplace injury than older workers or their female counterparts. 3.1% of male workers are injured on the job, although the overall rate is 2.3%.

Many experts speculate that this is because young men are more likely to work in more physically dangerous industries (such as oil or construction) than women and older men.

Others conclude that lack of experience, knowledge, and training may also contribute to the data. Since young employees have spent less time on the job than their older counterparts, they may not have gained the skills necessary to avoid potentially harmful situations.

Workplace injuries affecting young men or any other workers can be devastating, and may result in permanent disability and hefty medical expenses. If you or a loved one has been injured at work, you may be entitled to compensation. Please call 827-327-2600 for a free consultation with our Des Moines attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., today.

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