Your employer has a responsibility to keep your work environment safe from hazards. Accident prevention and a safe work environment are especially crucial in the construction and manufacturing industries, where an accident could lead to lasting and serious injuries.
Lately, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been cracking down on area businesses in an effort to keep workers safe.
In one case, the agency investigated Wolf Construction LP of San Marcos after receiving a complaint. OSHA found the company wasn’t providing proper fall protection equipment when workers were erecting steel structures up to 15 feet in height.
OSHA cited the company for this lack of personal protective equipment, as well as for failing to train employees properly. In all, the company faced several violations and proposed penalties of $46,000.
“A lack of fall protection means workers are one slip or step away from deadly or disabling falls,” said OSHA’s area director in a press release. “Employers must provide effective fall protection for their workers and ensure these workers are trained to recognize and address fall hazards.”
In another case, C & H Die Casting Inc. of Troy is facing $112,500 in penalties for violations including the failure to guard saws, belts and electrical wiring. Inspectors also found fall hazards and uncovered floor holes.
In both cases, the companies had 15 business days to comply with OSHA’s requests or challenge their findings. In neither case was anyone harmed.
People who work in construction and manufacturing must deal with dangerous equipment, staggering heights and many potentially harmful situations. When a serious Houston workplace accident happens, you could be left with severe injuries and the inability to work. Fortunately, you could be entitled to compensation above and beyond your workers’ compensation.
Kevin Krist, Houston Personal Injury Attorney
If you’ve been seriously injured on the job, the Houston personal injury and workplace accident attorney Kevin Krist may be able to help. Contact his office today to discuss your accident and your legal options. He can be reached for a free consultation at 281-677-3964.