RFI to Reduce Help Risks of Work Accidents in Charlotte and Elsewhere

In search of comments and suggestions on how to help prevent injury and fatal work accidents in Charlotte and elsewhere, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a Request for Information (RFI).

The agency is looking for ways to prevent work-related accidents involving concrete construction, and from vehicles and mobile equipment backing into workers in construction, general industry, agriculture and the maritime industry.

Backover accidents are a deadly hazard in the construction industry, where large earth moving equipment often mix with worker’s on foot and even passenger vehicles.

The Administration will be using the comments it has received to help officials learn about how exactly workers are injured in these kinds of accidents and what solutions may be available to avoid some of the risks. Some of these solutions may include regulatory action.
Employees who work within the concrete industry currently use reinforcing methods to strengthen concrete. Some of the hazards associated with this work include trips and falls, slips, collapsed walls, impalement and more. These dangers can be life-threatening.

Our North Carolina workers compensation lawyers understand that there were nearly 50 employees who were killed while performing these job duties from 2000 to 2009. Issues involving these kinds of accidents were brought to the attention of OSHA back in 2010 when a petition was submitted from the International Association of Bridge, Bridge, Structural, Ornamental & Reinforcing Iron Workers. Also involved in this petition was the Center for Construction Research and Training, the Western Steel Council and the Concrete Steel Reinforcing Institute.

Other risks that these kinds of workers face include being hit by vehicles that are reversing or even getting caught in between reversing vehicles and another object, like another truck or even a loading dock. OSHA has come to the conclusion that there were nearly 400 employees who were killed in backover accidents from 2005 to 2010.

OSHA’s RFI is consistent with the regulatory actions of other agencies. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is one of the agencies that uses these regulatory actions. The NHTSA also recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking urging back-up cameras be mandated in specific vehicles that weigh less than 10,000 pounds. These backup cameras are being called on to help prevent pedestrians from being run over when a vehicle is in reverse. Oftentimes, pedestrians are overlooked in the blind spots of vehicles and innocent people are killed.

Comments on the RFI are required to be turned in by the 27th of June. Anyone who is interested is able to submit their comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Comments can also able to be submitted via fax of mail.

If you, a coworker or someone who is in your family has been injured or killed in a work-related accident in North Carolina, contact the Carolina Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at Lee Law Offices, P.A. for legal advice regarding your case and your rights. We are a dedicated law firm that is here to help to protect the rights of injured workers and their families. Call today to schedule a free and confidential appointment. Call 1-800-887-1965.

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