Construction sites are always dangerous places, even for workers, due to the many different hazardous factors present and used or operated within their vicinities. These include dangerous and flammable substances, sharp and heavy tools, heavy machinery, dangerous fumes and dust, and exposed electrical wiring; one may also include the high places where construction workers need to do their assigned work.

State and federal government entities are fully aware of the various dangers construction workers (as well as many other workers) are exposed to. Thus, due to workplace dangers, the Occupational Safety and Health Act was passed into law in 1970; this Act, in turn, gave birth to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 1971, a federal agency tasked to enforce safety and health standard laws in all workplaces.

Since the OSHA came into existence in 1971, it has made an impact in the industrial field, reducing the number of workplace injuries by 67% and deaths by 65%. Thus, while the 1970s registered as many as 38 worker deaths per day, the strict implementation of OSHA rules, especially during the last few years, has resulted to about only 12 fatal accidents in construction sites beginning in 2012. Still a loss of many lives, but definitely so much lower compared with the past decades.

Some of the safety standards that OSHA enforces, in construction sites particularly, are proper lighting all throughout the construction area, adequate worker protection against falls and falling objects, wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE), safe and sturdy stairways and ladders, use of reliable and properly assembled scaffoldings, 2A rating fire extinguishers every 3000 square feet, body-flushing and eye-washing facilities within 25 feet of battery-changing areas, properly displayed and clearly visible accident-prevention signs, which ought to be removed when hazard no longer exists in the area, and ground fault-circuit interrupters (GFCIs).

Accidents that construction workers may sustain during the performance of their work, especially those resulting from their co-workers’, supervisor’s or employer’s direct violation of the safety and health standard laws, may be considered personal injuries, injuries that are product of someone else’s negligence or carelessness. Though injured workers (or those who develop work-related illnesses due to exposure to hazardous substances, even if the illness becomes apparent months or years after the worker has already resigned or retired from work) may apply for the Workers’ Compensation Insurance benefit, they also have the right to file a claims lawsuit against their employer. One of the conditions stipulated in the Workers’ Comp is freedom of the employer from further legal responsibility once the injured worker avails of the benefit. On this regard, it is highly advisable that a worker who gets hurt in an accident seek the help of a lawyer, who has full knowledge of, and experience in, personal injury laws and lawsuits, respectively, and who can advise him/her about the legal rights he/she has regarding lawsuits and compensation for whatever damages the injury or illness would result to.


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“Hot work” is the term used to refer to people whose jobs regularly expose them to heat and danger. These individuals include those who work in construction sites, railroads, mines, chemical plants, liquefied petroleum exchange plants, restaurants, hotels, and so forth.

To these workers, especially those whose work take them to gas or propane exchange plants, the possibility of an explosion accident is one big risk that they face every day. 2010 records released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show 187 lives lost due to a fire and an explosion in a propane plant. In July of 2013, another propane explosion, which injured eight workers, wreaked great damage in a refilling plant and which required residents within a half-mile from the explosion site to evacuate, occurred somewhere in Florida.

Though a highly combustible and dangerous gas, propane, which can be made into liquefied petroleum gas, is a very common fuel used in American homes and commercial buildings. People use it to cook food, barbecue, heat their homes and fuel engines. To avoid possible occurrences of propane explosion, propane systems and propane-powered appliances should be checked by qualified service technicians regularly. Home owners and residents should also avoid using propane grills inside their homes or in small and enclosed areas; they also should never use damaged propane cylinders or tanks.

It only requires a small amount of propane for an explosion to occur. Thus, if there is any hint or suspicion of propane leak, you should never switch on or use any device or appliance which causes a spark.

Besides home use, the Milwaukee personal injury attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® mention the use of this gas in a wide variety of industries, from glass companies to brick kilns to agricultural centers. In these environments, propane is often stored in larger containers, making the potential for a large explosion even greater. If a propane tank isn’t properly cared for, a leak could develop that the smallest spark could set off.

An explosion, especially if this occurs in a workplace, can result to innocent workers getting injured and being made to suffer extremely painful injuries that can alter their condition and activities for the rest of their lives. Though the results of an explosion accident may be irreversible, it will somehow be a relief for the injured worker to know that he/she will be paid the full amount of compensation that will allow him/her get the medical treatment needed and which will help see to his/her family’s daily needs.


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