Iowa construction workers and those who work in certain industries face many hazards in the workplace. Falls from heights such as roofs, scaffolds and ladders, are the leading causes of work-related injuries and fatalities.
Recently, the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) issued a final ruling on walking-working surfaces and personal fall protection in order to protect employees at risk.
The rule combines new technologies and industry best practices, along with national consensus, to improve worker protections. The updates address slip, trip and fall hazards and specifically targets fall protection systems.
The provisions in the final ruling are expected to influence a reduction in fall accidents in the workplace. However, the success of any fall injury or fatality reduction program requires continued efforts on the part of employers and employees alike. Implementing new effective fall prevention and protection technologies outlined in the OSHA rule effectively and improving the work safety culture through educating the workforce is key in fall-injury prevention efforts.
If you or a family member has been injured in a work-related accident, contact the workers’ compensation personal injury Law Offices of Stoltze & Stoltze PLC for help. Whether your injury was the result of an OSHA violation, or an unforeseeable accident, it is important to consult with an experienced workplace injury attorney before making any important decisions. We will vigorously pursue workers’ compensation benefits on your behalf and determine whether there are grounds for a third party claim. Call today 515-244-1473.