DISABLING INJURIES COST U.S. EMPLOYERS $1 BILLION A WEEK
With great (electrical) power comes great responsibility
Hard hats are essential safety equipment for many jobs, especially those on construction sites in Maryland and around the country. They are able to protect workers from falling or flying objects, and they can also help reduce people's risk of burns or electrical shock. However, they are not always used when they should be because they are often uncomfortable.
Highway officials in Maryland have warned motorists to be vigilant as they travel in work zones. With the large amount of construction and maintenance crews on the roadways, drivers should be on the lookout for orange cones and barrels. While these signs serve to protect employees, their purpose is also to keep drivers and passengers safe.
Fall hazards continue to be a major risk faced by Maryland construction workers. This is especially true on residential work sites where the workers may be framing in a home's walls. While performing this task, workers face the risk that they they could fall from the wall and hurt themselves on the ground below or land on other dangerous items, like tools or pieces of wood. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has set out a few guidelines on how construction companies can protect workers and reduce this risk.
Highway work zones are dangerous for both drivers and construction workers. While Maryland is not ranked in the top three states for fatalities involving highway work zone accidents, drivers and workers need to be aware that fatalities too often occur in the state as well.
It is no surprise that construction sites are dangerous. Construction workers are continuously handling heavy machinery and equipment and are exposed to work environments with high risks for injuries if safety gear is not worn or safety precautions are not taken. Often it is a good idea for workers to work in pairs or groups in case an injury happens and medical professionals need to be contacted.
We recently discussed how the legal relationship between a worker and an employer can affect workers' compensation claims. Specifically, we considered the question of whether a subcontractor's employee can receive workers' comp benefits through the contractor.
In the construction industry, there are so many dangers present to anyone on the site. There are precarious positions and heights that must be reached to do work; there are powerful machines constantly churning and smashing; and there are dangerous materials that pose a risk to workers if they are not handled and dealt with in a proper manner.
Building inspectors in Baltimore are investigating the cause of a recent building collapse near Camden Yards. The three-story row house crumbled on top of a worker, who was trapped beneath the rubble for several hours until firefighters were able to free him. He was taken from the scene by ambulance and was expected to recover.