Orlando Contractors Workers Comp: Call for Fall Prevention
A recent press release from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports the that four Massachusetts contractors will be facing some $110, 000 in fine and fees for failing to properly protect their workers. During work on an Easthampton, Massachusetts renovation project workers were exposed to potentially fatal falls of up to 40 feet because their employers failed to provide proper protection and safety infrastructure.
During their inspection of the worksite in July 2014, the OSHA found “several fall hazards” on the premises and little being to to mitigate these risks. OSHA reports that they observed no fall protection for employees working on the roof, unguarded floor holes, and insufficient anchorage for fall protection. Furthermore, employees were reportedly untrained on how to recognize such hazards. Because of these conditions, the general contractor was reportedly cited for one willful, one repeat and three serious violations of workplace safety standards.
According to OSHA, falls are the leading cause of death in construction work and a huge contributor to workers comp injury claims. The Bureau of Labor Statistics falls, slips, and trips were the cause of 15 percent of all Florida workplace fatalities. To raise awareness of fall hazards and safeguards among workers, employers and the public, OSHA has created the Stop Falls internet portal which provides tips and essential information for employers and workers on fall protection standards. The site offers fact sheets, posters and videos that vividly illustrate various fall hazards and appropriate preventive measures, available in both English and Spanish.
Protecting you workers is not only the law, it is also the right thing to do as an Orlando Employer, and the costs and ramifications of not doing so can be devastating. At Newman Crane Orlando Insurance Agency, we specialize in helping Orlando Contractors find the business insurance and risk management solutions they need to protect their employees and their assets. For example, our Orlando Contractors Workers Comp coverage will cover your employees in the event of a workplace injury or illness for lost wages, medical expenses, rehabilitation and more. If you are looking for quality Workers Compensation programs at affordable rates, contact us today at (407) 859-3691 to learn more how we can help your operation.