Construction worker falls on the job are the number-one cause of death in the industry. Due to this preventable cause of fatalities and other construction work injuries, the second-annual Fall Safety Stand-Down has been announced and will be held from May 4 to 15. This call for construction industry safety is the largest occupational safety event in the United States.
Vibrations from machinery and other devices around the workplace have the potential to cause occupational injuries to the people who work with them. Although the harm that vibration inflicts has often been difficult for doctors to detect and treat, an expanding body of knowledge on the subject gives hope for more accurate diagnoses and effective remedies.
Residents of Louisiana who work in the construction industry may be interested in the laws regarding construction accidents and how to file a claim in the case of on-the-job injury. Injured workers have a choice of filing a workers' compensation claim or a personal injury claim if the injury was caused by someone else. A workers' compensation claim can be filed after any work-related injury no matter what the cause of the injury was.
Every year in Louisiana and around the country, workers who are involved in digging trenches are seriously injured or killed when the trenches in which they are working suddenly collapse. Trench cave-ins can happen with no warning, and even a cubic foot of dirt can exert up to 3,000 pounds of pressure, effectively crushing workers on which it might fall.