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OSHA Encouraging Worker Safety at Construction Sites with Open Trenches

By Farah & Farah on October 5, 2011

Among the deadliest hazards at construction sites are open trenches that can cave-in and trap unsuspecting workers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has just published new guidelines to avoid this occupational hazard that kills two workers every month and has taken more than 200 lives in trench cave-ins since 2003.

A collapsing trench is an entirely preventable construction danger.

The employer is required to provide a safe workplace yet work sites often violate OSHA’s workplace standards which include:

  • Since a cubic yard of soil is as heavy as a car, never enter an unprotected trench
  • A protective trench system is required for any trench five feet or deeper
  • OSHA rules require a daily inspection of trenches by a person capable of recognizing hazards
  • Ladders, steps, ramps and some way to exit needs to be present in trenches 4 foot or deeper
  • Anything with weight needs to be kept away from the trench edge including dirt, equipment
  • Understand where underground utilities are located before creating the trench
  • An unprotected trench must be sloped for stability

If you feel your workplace presents hazards, you can call a complaint into OSHA which will investigate the site. And if you are injured on the job and the workers’ compensation offered to cover your medical bills and lost wages is insufficient, you may need to discuss your concerns with the Jacksonville workers’ compensation lawyers at Farah & Farah who can serve as your ally and represent your interests. An insurance provider may try to shortcut your claim and assume you will not do anything about it, but we will. Call Farah & Farah at 1-800-533-3555 so we can get started by offering you a complimentary consultation on your job-related injury.

Source: http://osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=20796; http://osha.gov/OshDoc/data_Hurricane_Facts/trench_excavation_fs.pdf


Clothing Workers Exposed to Hazardous Chemical

By Farah & Farah on October 11, 2010

OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, has cited Miskeen Originals LLC of Camden, N.J. with exposing a dozen workers to a hazardous chemical, methylene chloride, according a recent post on their website. The company must pay a penalty totaling $43,150 for health and safety violations. An investigation was initiated after an employee filed a complaint.

Methylene chloride is used in industry as a solvent to strip paint and as a degreaser; it is used to decaffeinate coffee and tea; as a blowing agent for polyurethane foam; and to remove garment transfers in the garment industry. Adverse effects include risks to the central nervous system and liver, skin irritations, heart effects, and an increased risk of cancer.

An employer is supposed to minimize exposure to any workplace hazard and provide personal protective equipment. If a worker receives serious exposure, the employer needs to train employees on the use of respirators, eyewash, and fire extinguishers. The workplace is also supposed to be monitored for the level of methylene chloride.

OSHA considers a serious violation one that the employer should have known could result in a safety violation or should have known existed.

Florida Workers’ Compensation
If workers are seriously exposed to this chemical and injured on the job, they are entitled to receive Florida workers’ compensation benefits to cover medical expenses and any lost wages.

A Florida workers’ compensation attorney can step in when the employer and its insurance representative do not act in the employee’s best interest and deny a claim. A worker may not receive all of the compensation they are legally entitled to unless an experienced Florida workers’ compensation attorney represents his or her interests. A call to Farah & Farah can provide workers with a no obligation consultation.