A recent study relying upon data culled from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and more than 40 other job-related databases sheds light on just how much construction accidents and other workplace injuries cost the United States each year, in terms of medical costs, lowered productivity and related factors.
Construction and industrial enterprises are not deemed equal, at least in the estimation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which tags some of them "model workplaces" that qualify for exemptions and comparatively special treatment pursuant to the agency's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) underscored the intensity of a recent congressional debate centered on construction accident issues when he pointedly asked a colleague who fervently opposes a new OSHA proposal that would put beefed-up restrictions on residential roofers this question: "Have you ever fallen off a roof?"
For many Americans, the just-passed Labor Day might be a holiday like many others, that is, a day off from work without much reflection on the reason underlying the holiday itself.
Construction work is, obviously, hard work, and a construction accident in Ohio is far from a singular occurrence. The state sees non-stop activity in projects of all types from one end to the other, and the potential is always there for a fall, a scaffolding injury, a cave in, burn or other construction-related accident.
Ohio can be a rough place to work outside for construction and other workers, especially in summer.
The National Safety Council deems June as National Safety Month each year, promoting initiatives throughout the month that highlight and stress enhanced safety and the reduction of deaths and injuries in American workplaces.
Certain workplace or construction accidents tend to rivet our attention. This is certainly the case with scaffolding accidents, especially those occurring high above the ground. For nearly two hours last Friday afternoon, viewers across the country watched what one media report called a "nail-biter of a rescue on the side of one of the tallest buildings in Yonkers," as pedestrians watched from below and news choppers from across New York City circled above, filming the footage.