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OSHA tries to reduce fatal construction accidents

About 20 percent of worker deaths that occurred around the country in 2016 were in the construction industry according to OSHA. Louisiana construction workers are generally hurt or killed by four major types of hazards. These include falling, being electrocuted and getting hit by objects. Getting stuck between objects was another typical way in which a construction worker was killed on the job.

To help workers stay safe, OSHA has started the Focus Four Hazards campaign. It aims to partner with private companies to create greater awareness around these hazards and how to mitigate them. One of the ways that this was accomplished was by managers holding toolbox talks with employees. These talks provided an opportunity to remind workers of the importance of workplace safety. It also gave managers and employees the chance to discuss safety plans or ways to avoid potential hazards on a job site.

One company owner said that focusing on these issues could help to save about 600 lives per year. Another said that monthly safety meetings now include an OSHA representative who can talk more about safety regulations and how they apply on a construction site. A common point raised by those who participated in the Focus Four Hazards campaign is that it is easier to communicate safety guidelines to workers.

Those who are hurt on the job may incur medical bills or lose wages while recovering from their injuries. However, they may be entitled to receive benefits under their state's workers' compensation program. This may make it easier to recoup those lost wages and receive help paying medical bills. Workers who feel as if their applications are not being processed in a timely manner might want to have an attorney's assistance.

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