Although falls are among the most common type of accident among iron workers, fall protection violations are also rather common. However, by following a safety protection plan, it can be easier to spot problems and fix them before someone gets hurt. In fact, recognizing the hazard is the first of five steps in preventing falls on a North Carolina work site. Sometimes, it may be possible to complete a task in a different and safer manner.
In addition to recognizing a hazard, it is important to use safety equipment according to manufacturer instructions. In some cases, a given safety product may not be suitable for use on or near certain pieces of equipment. Any piece of safety equipment used should be part of a company safety policy that meets or exceeds OSHA standards. Companies are free to adopt a safety plan of their own, but it must be adhered to once it is created.
Standards that are established by the American National Standards Institute are considered best practices within an industry, although compliance with them is voluntary. If any of the standards developed by ANSI are adopted by OSHA, they must be included as part of a company’s safety plan. Failure to do so could result in a violation that results in a fine or even jail time.
Workers who are injured on the job may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Such benefits can include the provision of medical care and treatment as well as rehabilitation and therapy, and can also provide a percentage of wages lost during an absence from work. An attorney might be of assistance to an injured worker in the preparation of the required claim.