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OSHA: Over 10,000 people suffered serious workplace injuries in 2015

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) stated that 10,388 workers sustained severe injuries in their workplace last year, thousands of which resulted in amputations, a March 19 article of KOCO reported.

According to the March 17 OSHA report, 2,644 of the overall recorded workplace injuries in 2015 resulted in amputations. It was also revealed that 7,636 of injured workers required hospitalization. Though OSHA identified the manufacturing industry as the workplace with the “highest proportion of accidents”, they also found that accidents are frequent in transportation, construction, oil and gas extraction, and warehousing industries. OSHA last year implemented a mandatory system for employers to report incidents of serious injuries occurring in the workplace. However, OSHA estimated that nearly half of recorded injuries in 26 states went unreported.

Financial loss often is the result when workers suffer from injuries in their workplace. However, if you are in such a situation, a lawyer of the Abel Law Firm in Oklahoma may possibly work on your behalf if negligent parties are liable for your injuries. Call our office today at (405) 451-5157 to learn more about your legal options.

Residential construction employers expected to follow new rules

Earlier this year, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration added new fall protection regulations for residential construction contractors to follow.

The regulations were already used in commercial construction projects, but with a rise in fall protection accidents in residential construction projects, officials decided to extend fall protection rules to residential projects using workers at heights of 6 feet or higher.  In 2010, OSHA cited more employers with fall protection violations than any other type of safety or health violation.

Approximately 29 percent of fatalities from falls in construction occur in residential projects and 35 percent of those falls are from roofs.

Fall protection regulations that residential contractors are now expected to follow to protect their employees and others from potential danger include safety net, guard rail, and personal fall arrest systems.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident on a construction site, contact the Oklahoma construction site accident lawyers of the Abel Law Firm by calling (405) 451-5157 today.

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