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OSHA Works with Contractor to Prevent Worker Injuries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is teaming up with the Samuels Group, a commercial contractor, to replace a massive curtail wall at Sacred Heart Hospital.

Around 50 workers will be replacing a nine-story wall system at the hospital. To complete the $20 million project, they will need to demolish the exterior wall and then replace it, using glass, metal panels and glazing.

OSHA is working with the Wisconsin contractor to educate employees about some of the biggest dangers facing construction workers, like fall, electrical, caught-in and struck-by hazards.

In the construction industry, these hazards are known as the “Fatal Four,” causing more than 50 percent of construction worker deaths in 2012. Labor analysts believe that eliminating these hazards completely would save more than 430 lives a year.

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The partners hope that increased training, implementation of proven prevention techniques and overall OSHA compliance will help them prevent accidents during the project. The Samuels Group even implemented various health initiatives, including a weekly safety stand-down and daily stretch programs.

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Studies have shown that businesses are most cost effective when they address workplace hazards ahead of time, but too many managers try to cut corners until a disaster happens. If a worker is killed or seriously injured, the employer may be held liable.

If you feel like management is not providing proper training or protection, you should know you have legal options. Discuss your concerns with a workers’ comp attorney at Larrimer & Larrimer. We can help you learn more about your legal options and devise a plan for your future.

Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC—Columbus Workers Comp Attorneys

Source: https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=26874

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