Officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are cautioning employers in the pyrotechnics/fireworks industry to protect their workers from the dangers that they’re going to face with the Fourth of July holiday and while handling these explosives at public events.
Every year, there are about 9,000 fireworks injuries in Charlotte and elsewhere that result in a trip to the emergency room. About 6,000 of these injuries occur during the 30 days that surround the Fourth of July holiday.
“As we look forward to celebrating July 4 with fireworks and festivities, we must also consider the safety of workers,” said Dr. David Michaels with the Occupational Safety and Health.
Our Charlotte workers’ compensation attorneys understand that it’s an employer’s responsibility to make sure that all workers are safe and protected on the job. To do this, the appropriate measures and procedures need to be followed. This is especially important during this time of year for employees who display, handle, sell and make these dangerous pyrotechnic materials.
To help employers and employees to stay safe during this explosive holiday, officials with OSHA are offering a Safety and Health Topics web page. On this page, workers in both the fireworks display and the sales of fireworks positions will be addressed. There are descriptions of common dangers and hazards that come along with working with fireworks. Employees and employers are also provided with a number of solutions to help to reduce risk of injury.
Employers are also provided with safety posters to hang about the work areas as well as a video that will help to demonstrate the most effective work practices for these workers. This information has all been provided by the National Fire Protection Association.
Information from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as well as the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is included in the site’s references.
Pyrotechnics include many devices to detonate, launch, or initiate an explosive material. Each company and employer is required by federal law to make sure that each employee is free from recognized dangers and hazards that are causing or are probably going to cause any injury or death.
All employers are required to make sure that they have the appropriate local and state licenses, permits and inspections completed prior to conducting business. They are also required to post and enforce smoke-free areas within 50 feet of areas in which fireworks can be found.
Contact the Charlotte workers’ compensation attorneys at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for legal advice regarding your rights as an employee. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed at work in the Carolinas, call us today to set up a free and confidential appointment to discuss your case. Call 1-800-887-1965.