Work Accidents in Asheville and Elsewhere Targeted with Renewed OSHA Alliance

The Alliance has been renewed amid ongoing efforts to prevent work-related injuries in Asheville and elsewhere. The Alliance between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and members of Altec Industries Inc. focuses on work-related hazards that oftentimes lead to tip-over-, electrocution- and fall-related accidents.

Employees in many industries, but especially in the construction industry, face serious risks on a daily basis for these kinds of accidents when the proper safety precautions are not taken. The Alliance is focusing on these dangers for those who work with digger derricks, chippers, tree care devices, cranes as well as insulated and non-insulated aerial devices.
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“OSHA is continuing its Alliance with Altec Industries Inc. to help prevent worker injuries and fatalities in the utility, telecommunications, contractor and tree care industries that Altec services,” said David Michaels, Secretary of Labor for OSH.

Our Asheville workers’ compensation lawyers understand that employees who work with these machinery are at serious risks for serious if not fatal accidents on the job if the proper safety precautions are not taken by both employers and employees. These precautions include being provided with the proper safety equipment for each and every task. It’s an employer’s responsibility to make sure that their workers are safe, are taken care of and are kept away from all known hazards and dangers on the job site. It’s a federal obligation and failure to do so can result in some serious consequences.

Through the recently-renewed alliance, safety advocates will be working together to spread the word about the dangers associated with their industry. Construction continuously has the highest rates of fatal accidents in any industry. Officials with the Alliance are working to educate these workers and are working to provide them with the proper training to help keep them safe on the job. Lastly, the Alliance is working to make sure that each and every employee is aware of their rights.

The Alliance’s Goals:

-To provide workers and others in the field, even those with limited English-speaking abilities with info, access and guidance to various training resources.

-Work to encourage employers to better protect the safety and the heath of its employees.

-To encourage more employers to help employees understand their responsibilities and rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).

This Alliance will be creating various assistance materials on the safety of cranes and will continue to offer OSHA staff members with Best Practice Seminars on Wood Chipper Devices, Insulated and non-insulated Aerial Devices, Digger Derricks and Mobile Cranes.

Training & Education through the Alliance:

-Works to develop effective worker training and education programs.

-Arranges for the setup and the delivery of this worker training.

-Helps to create and execute employer seminars that are aimed at reducing workplace dangers and risks.

Contact the Asheville workers’ compensation attorneys at Lee Law Offices, P.A. for legal advice regarding your rights if you or someone you love has been injured at work in the Carolinas. Call today to set up your free and confidential appointment. Call 1-800-887-1965.

More Blog Entries:

Ergonomics to Reduce Work-Related Injuries in Charlotte and Elsewhere, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, June 9, 2012

Prevention of Work Accidents in Asheville and Elsewhere to be discussed at Informal Stakeholder Meeting, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, June 2, 2012

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