There’s a new campaign on the block and it’s organized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The new campaign is working to help to reduce the risks both serious and deadly fall-related work accidents in Greensboro and elsewhere.
According to the Secretary of Labor, Hilda L. Solis, this new campaign is being used to help raise awareness in employers and employees about these fatal accidents, which are one of the leading causes of death within the construction industry.
Our Greensboro workers’ compensation attorneys understand that there were more than 10,000 workers in the construction industry who were injured in a fall-related accident in 2010. In addition to those injuries, nearly 260 employees were killed in these same kinds of accidents. Through the new campaign, those in the construction industry will be offered informational and educational materials regarding safe work practices when working on scaffolds, ladders and roofs.
The announcement of the new campaign was recently made by Secretary Solis at the Action Summit for Worker Safety and Health that was held in Los Angeles. The event and the campaign corresponded with Workers’ Memorial Day event, which is always celebrated late in April and is used to remember workers who were killed in various preventable accidents on the job.
“The best way to honor Workers’ Memorial Day is to make sure that another family does not have to suffer the pain of losing a loved one,” said Solis.
Fall-related accidents are the number one most dangerous hazard within the construction industry. These kinds of work-related accidents take the lives of more workers than any other kind of accident on these work sites nationwide. The slogan of this year’s campaign is “safety pays, and falls cost.”
In correspondence with the campaign, there’s also a new webpage on OSHA’s website that is dedicating to informing those in the construction industry about the risks that are associated with fall accidents as well as effective ways to help to reduce these dangers. NORA and NIOSH have also launched websites on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‘s (CDC) website on preventing fall accidents on the job.
As we head into the summer season, construction workers will be hitting the town. Now is the perfect time to make sure that both employers and employees understand the most effective ways to prevent these dangerous accidents. Construction workers are to be provided with the proper training and equipment to get the job done right and done safely.
If you, a coworker or someone you love has been injured or killed in a work accident in Greensboro or elsewhere throughout North Carolina, contact the Carolina Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at Lee Law Offices, P.A. for legal advice regarding your rights. We are a dedicated law firm that is here to help to protect the rights of injured workers and the families of injured workers. Give us a call to schedule a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965.
More Blog Entries:
Fatal Work Accidents in Spartanburg and Elsewhere and the OSHA Communication Process, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, April 30, 2012
Work Accidents in Winston-Salem More Likely with Decreasing Unemployment Rates, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, April 29, 2012