York, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) June 18, 2013
Two weeks ago, eyes across America were glued to a situation which unfurled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As reported by CNN on June 6 in an article titled "6 dead in Philadelphia building collapse, 13 injured," a building scheduled to be demolished ended up burying a group of individuals in a nearby shop, and six of those persons succumbed to their injuries. It was a sad day for the state and the country.
The situation should serve as a reminder that the safety of Pennsylvania worksites must be assured by contractors. Without a series of checks and balances, it’s impossible to protect workers and those who dwell within structures.
The York workers’ compensation lawyers of Handler Henning & Rosenberg are saddened by recent events and hope that employers across the state will do whatever they can to protect workers from perilous worksites. David H. Rosenberg explains matters in greater detail:
“Some worksites, such as those along highways, are more dangerous than others. But no matter where construction is taking place, employees should be able to go to work without having to worry about whether or not their entire way of life will be changed in an instant. It’s up to employees to protect workers from harm and do the right thing when an injury does occur.”
If employers truly want to create a welcoming atmosphere where worksite safety receives top priority, they might heed the following tips gleaned from years of workers' compensation representation.
•Training- A worker can’t engage in safe practices if he or she hasn’t been informed of the proper procedures. Areas where worker curriculum often lapses include the operation of fork lifts and the usage of projectile-based tools such as nail guns. If something can cause an injury, employers need to receive appropriate training. This is particularly important for procedures meant to go into effect during an emergency. Speaking of...
•Emergency Procedures- Not only should employers regularly revisit the proper steps to take during an emergency, but employees should be able to consult such information at their leisure. Brochures and other educational materials focused on the topic should be given to employees.
•Signage- Lest a worker forget the steps to follow to safely operate a piece of equipment or navigate a worksite, signage should be erected at necessary intervals so that adherence to safe practices will never be in question. Directives explaining the proper operation of a crane, for example, or acceptable usage of an eyewash station, can provide the refresher necessary to get through a dangerous situation intact.
•Safety Gear- Protective measures should be taken at every possible juncture. Fall-arresting harnesses can save lives on scaffolds, and policies requiring workers to wear things like gloves, hard hats, and metal-toed shoes can drastically reduce the risk of impact and laceration injuries. Visibility can be encouraged with bright clothing that will leave no question as to a worker’s presence.
•Stress Safety Culture- Workers should never feel like speaking up will get them into hot water. Employers must strive to create an environment where workers are encouraged to report safety violations and suggestions for improvement to their superiors. One overlooked facet of a worksite is all it takes to produce a tragedy, and it’s the persons who work hands-on at your site on a day-to-day basis who will identify circumstances which could prove hazardous.
These are far from the only means with which to encourage worksite safety. The exact methodology of each worksite will vary depending on the type of environment you’re dealing with. Workers and employees alike are encouraged to visit the websites of OSHA and the Department of Labor to learn more about safety rules and regulations and how to go about filing a workers’ compensation claim.
The workers’ compensation lawyers of Handler Henning & Rosenberg LLP have been assisting injured parties for more than 90 years. In addition to workers’ compensation, David H. Rosenberg and the rest of the firm’s partners offer representation to persons injured in a host of practice areas, including automobile accidents, defective products, premises liability, dog bites, and more. Injured parties are encouraged to call to obtain a free consultation.