Roofers have dangerous jobs. By the very nature of their work, are particularly exposed to fall risks, as well as other types of construction accidents. Because they work in elevated settings, it is very important that they have all proper safety protections.
Employers do not only have a moral responsibility for worker safety. They have a legal responsibility as well. This means more than providing individual safety equipment and instruction. It means maintaining facilities and property to minimize workplace injuries.
Job related injuries are commonplace in the construction industry, where workers are surrounded with dangerous equipment and scaffolding. Construction workers need to deal with assignments that put them in potentially hazardous situations. Recently, a construction worker in Gaithersburg, Maryland, suffered serious personal injury when he accidentally fell into an uncovered storm drain at his worksite.
In June, we wrote that the Consumer Product Safety Commission had introduced new crib safety standards in order to prevent injuries to infants. That change was long overdue. However, many potentially dangerous cribs are still on the market.
Being involved in a truck accident is a terrifying prospect. Much larger than other vehicles on the road, semi-trucks can inflict serious damage on cars and motorists alike. Injuries resulting from truck accidents can be severe, including broken bones, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and even death.
For years, we have known about the dangers of drop-side cribs. Today, advocates for consumer safety are hailing what seems to be long overdue change. A revision to the safety standards of baby cribs, the first in three decades, is hoping to eliminate these dangerous products from the shelves.
One hundred years ago this week, a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist textile factory proved to be one of the most devastating industrial accidents in American history. The fire began on March 25, 1911, when textile scraps stored on the factory floor caught fire. Without adequate fire protection and fire escapes, 146 workers, mainly young immigrant women, died in the fire. Newspaper readers were shocked to read accounts of some workers who leapt, holding hands, from the ninth story to certain death in order escape the inferno. As is often the case, great tragedy proved to bring about great change.
Whenever a car collides with a truck, the potential for serious bodily injury is great. Rear-end collisions involving a truck and a passenger vehicle pose the most significant risks of all. In this type of truck accident, the passenger vehicle's hood can slide under the trailer and the trailer can crush the passenger compartment of the car. Truck underride accidents in the United States result in the death of more than 350 people per year and there is valid cause for concern that not enough has been done to prevent these deaths.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, is an agency within the U.S. Department of Labor and it is best known as the workplace safety watchdog in the federal government. It was established in the early 1970s with a mission to prevent injuries, fatalities and illnesses from occurring in the workplace.
Globe Carrier, a trucking company, is under scrutiny following a deadly truck accident that led to manslaughter charges against one of its drivers. The investigations, including inspection reports, compliance reviews and safety audits, revealed that the trucking company had incurred multiple safety violations during the last several years.