Trenches are some of the most dangerous workspaces for workers. For this reason, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has national emphasis programs at regular intervals to monitor trench safety and create awareness of the potentially deadly hazards that excavations pose. A significant number of workers' compensation claims involve trench-related injuries every year. Following an inspection during an emphasis program, a Florida-based company is facing proposed penalties totaling almost $150,000.
Manufacturing plants in Florida and other states pose various hazards, many of which involve machines and equipment. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, employers must ensure that workers are not exposed to moving parts of machines. A significant number of workers' compensation claims result from noncompliance with these safety regulations.
Road construction projects on Florida highways will always endanger the lives of all those involved. Employees of construction companies may find some comfort in knowing that they are covered by the workers' compensation insurance program. This coverage will be particularly welcome for one worker who miraculously survived a recent fall off an overpass on State Road 836.
Following disasters such as Hurricane Irma that devastated Florida last month, rebuilding homes and getting production going prolongs the exposure to danger. While it is only natural to retract when danger looms, cleaning up after a disaster requires workers to face the dangers head on. The only comfort for employees might be knowing that the workers' compensation insurance system will be there to cover medical expenses if they should suffer injuries.
A recent construction accident in Florida underscores the need for construction company owners in Florida to ensure that work environments are free of threats to the health and safety of employees. Although this is an industry known for multiple hazards, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides guidelines which can prevent accidents if all parties comply. However, workers' compensation claims for injuries suffered on construction sites remain prevalent.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has strict regulations to prevent workplace accidents in confined spaces. Sadly, many of the workers' compensation death benefits claims that are filed in Florida and other states every year follow fatal on-the-job injuries suffered in confined areas. Otis Elevators was recently cited for serious safety violations that led to the death of a service mechanic on Feb. 17.
Following the tragic deaths of three employees of a utility contractor in South Florida in January, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued the company with fines totaling almost $120,000 for 10 serious violations. An OSHA director said the hazards of working in confined spaces are well known, and so should the related safety regulations be. The deceased employees' families will be entitled to seek death benefits through the workers' compensation insurance system.
By the time they are 80, workers in Florida will have walked about 73,000 miles each -- based on the approximately 5,000 steps that the average worker walks every day. In certain occupations, like construction in which employees spend most of the day on their feet, it could even be more. Workers' compensation claims data shows that about four in 10 claims for illnesses and injuries involve fractures to feet and hands.
A recent tragedy at a Florida company claimed the lives of two men. Five others were also injured in the incident at the Big Bend Power Station. Officials state that the investigation of the accident could take six months. However, those injured and the survivors of the deceased are likely eligible for workers' compensation benefits.
If you operate or maintain machinery, you should be aware of how critical it is to use caution when working with the machines. People who misuse machines or use them without proper training run the risk of being seriously injured on the job.