Texas construction companies and their employees should be aware of a final rule issued by OSHA governing confined spaces on a construction site and safety. The rule will take effect on Aug. 3, 2015.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, publishes documents related to safety in the workplace. Workplace safety is essential for Texas workers in every industry, but stock movers, freight movers and laborers are among the most at risk for an on the job accident, particularly in the realm of musculoskeletal injury.
Many industrial plants pose a great many risks of workplace accidents to workers. There often are large machines, with moving belts, augurs, grinders, presses and other powerful equipment that can easily crush or kill a worker should they become entangled in the workings of the machine.
Workers' compensation is expensive. When workers are injured, not only are they no longer available to perform their job duties, but they incur medical expenses and the insurance system pays them a portion of their typical salary. Because of this, safety training is important, as it is always cheaper to avoid a workplace accident than to repair the damage left in its aftermath.