The I-4 Ultimate transportation project in Florida claimed its fourth life on a recent Monday. The surviving family members of the victim will likely pursue financial relief through the state-regulated workers' compensation system. All construction activities were suspended after the tragic incident to allow investigators to document the cause of the accident.
Trenches are some of the most hazardous areas on construction sites in Florida and other states. The chances of surviving being buried under tons of soil when a trench wall collapses are said to be zero. However, a worker on a Gainesville construction site recently beat the odds, and instead of his family filing a death benefits claim with the workers' compensation system, he will likely file a claim for injuries only.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Bradenton Police Department are investigating a fatal construction accident. The inquiry follows a tragic accident that claimed the life of a 47-year-old man who was a member of a construction crew working on a project in Bradenton. The surviving family members will likely claim survivors' benefits from the Florida workers' compensation insurance system.
Employers in all industries in Florida must protect the health and safety of employees. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes general safety regulations along with some rules that apply to particular industries. A significant number of workers' compensation benefits claims are filed each year after preventable workplace accidents injure or kill workers.
The hazards of working with explosives are obvious, and employers in this field must ensure compliance with safety regulations to protect employees and the public. Federal and state authorities have designed safe practices for all explosive-related activities. In Florida and other states, workers' compensation claims are frequently filed after explosions that kill or maim workers.
Employees in the transportation industry haul merchandise nationwide to keep store shelves loaded and meet the expectations of consumers. The truckers and other workers who assist with the loading and unloading of goods face several safety hazards. Many workers' compensation claims in Florida follow injuries suffered by commercial truck drivers and others who work on and around big rigs.
Following the devastating storms that hit Florida recently, emergency crews and workers who are involved in cleanup and recovery operations will be exposed to numerous hazards that could be life-threatening. While the state-regulated workers' compensation insurance system will cover those who suffer injuries at this time, workers can take some precautions. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration warned crews of the common dangers during flood recovery operations.
First responders are exposed to trauma every single day. The stress of their jobs is exacerbated by the fact that they can never be prepared for what they will encounter because there is no telling where the next call will take them. However, law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and paramedics might find comfort in learning that post-traumatic stress disorder is now recognized by Florida law as an occupational disease that is covered by workers' compensation.
Burn injury hazards exist in many workplaces in Florida, and the lack of adequate safety training puts many workers at risk. Thousands of injured workers file workers' compensation benefit claims every year, of which a significant percentage involve burns. Employers are responsible for the health and safety of employees, and their responsibilities include providing adequate safety training and the necessary personal protective equipment.
A spokesperson for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Florida says fall protection for employees who work at heights is not optional; it is a mandatory legal requirement. This followed the conclusion of a March investigation at a roofing company in Jacksonville. A significant number of workers' compensation claims involve falls from elevated levels.