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Workplace injuries: Steel company investigated 5 times in 5 years

Industrial workers in Iowa and other states will always be exposed to multiple safety hazards. The manner in which company owners manage safety protocols to avoid workplace injuries is important. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently reported the findings of an investigation non-compliance with prescribed safety regulations concerning a steel company in  another state.

According to the agency, this was the fifth investigation of this business in five years. Four of them involved workers being exposed to fall hazards -- one of them fatal. The latest inspection was initiated after an inspector saw workers in dangerous circumstances. Investigators found that employees worked without fall protection on scaffolding structures that exceeded 10 feet above ground level. Others worked from an aerial lift with no harnesses and lanyards to secure them to the basket of the lift.

Other violations identified in the most recent investigation included the company's failure to perform regular safety inspections. Supervisors also neglected to ensure that platforms placed on forklifts to elevate workers were securely attached to the forks. Workers in baskets of cherry pickers were not standing firmly on the floor of the baskets, and the operators of the machines did not have the workers in direct line of their sight at all times.

Just like the 75 workers at this steel manufacturing plant, there may be industrial workers in Iowa whose safety is also of little or no concern to their employers. Victims of on-the-job accidents who suffered workplace injuries are entitled to pursue relief to help with the unanticipated financial consequences. These claims may be filed regardless of fault concerning a workplace accident. Victims may file benefits claims with the workers' compensation insurance program that typically covers medical expenses while also providing some level of wage replacement.

Source: workerscompensation.com, "Despite Fatal Fall, San Antonio Steel Erection Company Continues to Expose Workers to Potentially Deadly Fall Hazards", May 31, 2016

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