Boeing plant construction crew recognized for 3 million hours without a Carolina work accident

The Post and Courier reports on a construction company logging many hours of accident free working conditions.

Though this is good news, our Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers know that safe work places are not always the case and dangerous conditions often result inGreenville work place injuries or work accidents elsewhere in the Carolinas.
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The BE&K-Turner Construction Company was recognized by the South Carolina Department of Labor for 3 million hours of accident free work while working on a project at Charleston International Airport.

BE&K-Turner Construction and Boeing are at a $750 million construction site building a 300,000-square-foot interiors-fabrication facility for Boeings newest 787 Dreamliner.

Construction on the new facility began in September 2010 and the scheduled opening is slated for sometime in the fourth quarter of 2011. The South Carolina Interior Responsibility Center team will manufacture interior parts for the 787 Dreamliner including: closets, partitions, class dividers, video-control stations, stowbins, overhead flight crew compartments, attendant rests and attendant modules.

“Reaching this exemplary safety milestone clearly shows the commitment of BE&K / Turner and the highly skilled South Carolina employees working at the Boeing site to having a safe and healthy worksite,” South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s Catherine Templeton said. “Less than 1 percent of employers in this state reach 1 million safe work hours, so reaching 3 million in just 18 months is extraordinary. BE&K/Turner knows that safety is a full-time job, not a part-time practice.”

The most recent statistics from South Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported 73 workplace fatalities in 2009:

-Incidents with transportation 29.
-Incidents involving assaults and violent acts 12.
-Workers being hit by objects and equipment 11.
-Falls 10.
-Being exposed to harmful substances and environments 9.
-Others 2.

Incident rates per 100 full-time workers for nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in South Carolina were higher in 2009 than 2008. Industries showing increases included: Leisure and hospitality, Trade, Transportation, Utilities, Educational and health services, Service providing and Construction.

If you are dealing with a work accident in South Carolina, contact our workers’ compensation lawyers in Anderson, Spartanburg, or elsewhere in the state. Call the Law Offices of Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965.

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