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Safe head gear is the employer's responsibility, not the worker's

A question for those employed in the construction industry: Did your employer provide you with a hard hat, or did you purchase it yourself? As of May 15, 2008, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires that employers provide personal protective equipment at no cost to the worker. While this rule is a good thing when it comes to who is responsible for providing protective gear, it brings a couple of safety issues to the forefront.

Steps to take if you are injured in a construction accident

As a construction worker, you understand the risks associated with your job. You also understand that there are steps you can take to prevent injury. If you are injured in a construction accident, it's important that you take the right steps at the right time.

Hurt at work? You can file for compensation

If you're hurt at work, it's important that you have the chance to seek out workers' compensation. Any time you suffer an injury or lose a loved one on the job, workers' compensation insurance should be used to help cover things like funeral costs, medical bills and other financial losses. In cases where an employer doesn't have workers' compensation, individuals may have to seek a claim through the employer's private insurance carrier or file a lawsuit for compensation.

Ladder safety: Accidents and the reasons they happen

Ladder safety is an important element in any workplace. Whether you're using them regularly or only on occasion, knowing the right way to use a ladder is key to staying safe. Some common reasons ladder injuries take place include losing your balance, overreaching, mis-stepping, and mounting or dismounting improperly. If you're not trained to use a ladder properly, it can lead to accidents and injuries that you may have to seek workers' compensation for.

Are you following these ladder safety tips at work?

If you use a ladder on a regular basis, either at work or at home, you need to understand what it means to remain safe at all times. It only takes one small mistake to result in a fall that could cause serious injury or even death.

Scaffolding: A common danger on construction sites

One of the top reasons reported for construction site injuries is worker falls, and that's not surprising given the amount of time employees on such sites spend on unlevel surfaces and scaffolding. Estimates from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration say that as many as 65 percent of employees in the industry work regularly on scaffolding.

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