What are the ways that a delivery driver may be hurt on the job? What about teachers? Accountants? Some professions seem safer than others. Indeed, some are famed for the financial and physical safety that they can provide people. But no job is exempt from the possibility of pain and suffering after an accident or chronic issues.
The devil may be in the details, but so are many opportunities for people who know how to look for them. Most workers have to keep a lot of information in their heads to stay safe while being productive. Since filing claims for workers' compensation is rarely in someone's everyday experience, people should generally not try to do it on their own unless they are willing to deal with all the details.
Many jobs are harder that others, such as construction industry jobs or posts as law enforcement officers. So, if that higher risk results in an injury or illness connected to the duty of work, a person in Arizona should not have to fight for the proper help. Unfortunately, that is still what happens for some people.
When people in Arizona go to work, they may not expect to encounter a serious emergency. However, whether there is a security risk, a danger of violence or a serious construction accident, workers can be affected even if they are not directly in the area at the time. This is especially true if they do not have the information they need to keep themselves safe moving forward. Employers are responsible for providing workers with a safe environment to do their jobs, and in many cases, part of this task is communicating clearly about potential dangers, especially in an emergency situation.
Back in 2009, OSHA introduced a policy of making any companies known that commit a serious violation of its laws and regulations. A violation would have to lead to a fine of $40,000 or more to qualify as serious, and the company would have a press released issued about it. Arizona residents should know that though the policy was discontinued in 2017, some are calling for its restoration.
In May, companies in Arizona and throughout the country are encouraged to participate in the National Safety Stand-Down week. During the event, OSHA will be putting the spotlight on the dangers that employees face while working at heights. An emphasis will also be placed on the negative consequences of falls that take place at work. According to OSHA, 320 construction workers died because of falls from elevation.
Workers in Arizona may have serious concerns about fire safety, especially if they work in the mining industry. Underground tunnels can be particularly dangerous places for workplace fires because toxic gases and flammable heavy equipment may be involved. Ventilation systems underground may be limited, and there may be few safe escape routes in case of an underground fire, while a greater risk of explosions may provide an additional threat. Employers have a responsibility to adhere to federal OSHA workplace safety regulations to provide a safer environment for employees working in these conditions.
A report from Work to Zero concluded that employers may not be doing enough to protect their workers from workplace hazards. According to the report's authors, workplace fatalities are going up despite the fact that workplace injury rates are declining. The report listed several ways that companies can help to mitigate hazards and minimize the chance that an individual will be hurt or killed while on the job.
Arizona residents who work in the construction industry should know about a report from Dodge Data & Analytics, which shows how contractors are focusing more on having supervisors lead the way in safety and trying to increase worker participation. Eighty-four percent of the contractors surveyed said that involving job site workers was crucial to safety, and 83% said the same for supervisors with strong leadership skills.
Welders in Arizona and throughout the country may face a variety of workplace hazards. Ideally, employers and employee will work together to mitigate as many of these hazards as possible. For instance, if a welder is performing a task that could create heat or sparks, that task should be done in a designated area. That area should be designed to resist heat and be free of any materials that are potentially combustible.