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Construction companies can help cut down on accidents

For construction workers in West Virginia, workplace accidents and injuries can be all too common. However, the Associated Builders and Contractors argue that by taking measures to evaluate and improve safety, employers can make their job sites up to 670 percent safer than the average. Taking these steps can also reduce safety incidents by 85 percent. There is a variety of safety measures recommended by ABC, such as substance abuse counseling and treatment programs, thorough orientation and training and site-specific guidance.

In addition, ABC recommends establishing a safety committee on the job site and analyzing accidents that almost took place. The purpose of these activities is to help prevent workplace injuries and accidents on a construction site. The group notes that in order for such programs to be successful, they must involve the entire company from executives to workers on the ground. ABC also stated that executive involvement at the highest levels of the company is accompanied by a 70 percent reduction in reportable incidents.

Despite the potential for actions to reduce dangerous accidents, many construction sites have seen worrisome statistics. For example, fatal injuries at construction sites resulting from employees being trapped grew to 33 percent between 2011 and 2015, and fatalities of all kinds increased 26 percent during the same period. In addition, vehicles have also been highly unsafe for many construction workers. During the same period, 800 workers were killed after being struck by a vehicle or object. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) tracks construction accidents and injuries and is working to modernize its reporting structures to provide more meaningful information on workplace safety.

People who have been injured on the job have a right to seek compensation, but far too frequently, they face obstacles. A workers' compensation lawyer can work with injured employees to help protect their rights and fight for the compensation to which they are entitled.

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