Category: Worker Injury
September 24, 2018 /
Indianapolis Road Construction: Are You Safer Now?

While we all appreciate the potholes being filled in before Old Man Winter arrives again, road construction and maintenance can make us groan with impatience. Some road repairs can lead to improved road safety, such as when guardrails are added, when engineering errors are corrected to create a safer roadway, or, yes, when fixing potholes. Other repairs with positive results include new traffic lights, new pedestrian safety features, improved tra...

September 10, 2018 /
A New Danger to Workers: Climate Change

Temperatures around the world have been rising for several years, and it looks as if 2018 may be considered one of the hottest summers on record. Extreme heat has already killed dozens of people in the U.S. this summer. For those who must earn their living by working outside in the heat, rising temperatures have placed them at risk. Several workers have already died during the summer of 2018 from dangerous heat conditions. Heat can also seriously...

March 5, 2018 /
Third-Party Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Wrongful death lawsuits are brought when someone’s death is caused by the wrongful actions, or negligence, of another party. Often wrongful death suits are filed directly against the party that caused the harm, such as an employer whose neglect of workplace safety or non-compliance with safety regulations caused an employee to die. In these cases, a lawsuit can be filed on behalf of the family members who are suffering from the loss of company ...

March 1, 2018 /
Carbide Industries Fatality: Preventable?

It is arguably a family’s worst nightmare when the breadwinner dies on the job. But just such a tragedy occurred on February 15, 2018, at the West Louisville Carbide Industries plant, located in the Rubbertown neighborhood. At approximately 4:30 a.m., a 38-year-old worker was electrocuted at the plant. Efforts by first responders to resuscitate the man were unsuccessful; he was declared dead an hour later at University Hospital. The Occupati...

March 1, 2018 /
Mandatory Logging Devices in Trucks are Here

ELDs, or electronic logging devices, are now required equipment in interstate commercial trucks. The trucking industry has been at loggerheads about the use of ELDs ever since the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a new rule mandating their installation in commercial trucks on December 16, 2015. The Supreme Court declined to hear a case that argued the devices were unconstitutional, so the ELD rule took effect on Dece...

January 9, 2017 /
Working Outside During Winter is (S)no Fun

Those who work outdoors face some tough sledding, if you would please pardon the expression. The average low temperature for Indiana is 21 in January and 24 in February, with an average snowfall of 15 inches statewide. As these are averages, the weather can easily be much colder, icier, or snowier. On January 19, 1994, Indiana set a record cold mark of 36 below zero in New Whiteland. The record for the snowiest winter occurred recently, with 51. ...

August 3, 2016 /
Workplace Safety: a Non-Priority?

With June’s National Safety Month and its emphasis on workplace accident prevention just past us, it feels rather disheartening to read the results of an employer safety survey recently released by the National Safety Council (NSC). In it, fully one-third of 2,000 employees surveyed across the U.S. said that they believed safety was seen by their employers as being less critical than productivity. For high-risk occupations, the percentages wer...

July 7, 2016 /
Concussions and TBIs: A Building Problem in the Construction Industry?

Despite hard hats and other safety gear in use these days, concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) remain a treacherous problem in the construction industry. If you fall off a roof or off scaffolding, if you are hit in the head with a heavy object or a piece of equipment, or if you are hit by a moving vehicle, you can suffer severe head injuries. Between 2003 and 2010, over 2,200 construction workers died because they experienced a TBI. ...

June 15, 2016 /
2015’s Top Ten OSHA Violations

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is 35 years old in 2016, and its mission is to ensure that every worker goes home healthy and whole every single day. Because most injuries and deaths in the workplace are preventable, OSHA was formed in order to reduce their number. Not all businesses see the benefit of an injury-free workplace, however, as evidenced from OSHA’s yearly top 10 list of workplace vi...

June 7, 2016 /
You Don’t Want These Number Ones

“We’re number one!” It’s a cry often heard in sports stadiums and gatherings around televised games. But if you are a construction worker, we have a couple of number ones that you would not wish on your worst enemy. Consider these facts: In the construction industry, falls are the number one cause of death. In 2014, 40 percent of construction fatalities were due to falls—349 out of 874 total deaths. Inadequate protection from falls i...

June 3, 2016 /
OSHA’s Injury/Illness Database to Go Public

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a “final rule” that establishes a new system with regard to reporting employee illness and injury. Greater transparency can only benefit workers and those who follow the law by publicly revealing the workplaces with higher incidences of injuries. It is indeed good news for employees and job-seekers. Currently, employers keep logs of work-related incidents. These logs can ...

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