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  • Construction Injuries in West Virginia

    Experienced Lawyer for Construction, Bridge, Highway, and Industrial Accidents

    Progress can be a very good thing! The construction industry thrives across West Virginia and provides employment for many families. New buildings and infrastructure jobs keep teams of workers busy almost all year long. Some employees fluctuate between industries, doing outdoor construction jobs when the weather is nice, and mining or transportation work when the weather changes.

    The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has oversight of worker safety in the construction industry and tracks the reasons why accidents and injuries occur. If you experienced a construction workplace accident that you suspect may involve an OSHA violation, take a look at this list of their Top Ten Violations from 2014:

    1. Fall Protection
    2. Hazard Communication
    3. Scaffolding
    4. Respiratory Protection
    5. Powered Industrial Trucks
    1. 6. Lockout/Tagout
    2. 7. Ladders
    3. 8. Electrical: Wiring
    4. 9. Machine Guarding
    5. 10. Electrical: Systems Design

    Big steel, heavy machinery, giant cranes, piles of raw materials, and a mixture of experience and lack of experience can contribute to workplace accidents and have an impact on safety. Shortcuts in meeting building or repair deadlines can sometimes place worker safety in jeopardy. If you have a construction, bridge, highway, or industrial injury, and would like to review your workers’ compensation and injury case with an experienced lawyer, call Attorney James Fox, at Fox Law Office, PLLC.

    Manufacturing and Industry Safety Violations Cause Accidents and Injuries

    Workers in industry and manufacturing are often expected to be trained and skilled in the operation of equipment and safety processes. However, there can be a number of causes for accidents in these workplaces, such as:

    • Improper Training on Heavy Equipment
    • Improper Training on Machinery
    • Failure to Provide Safety Net or Rail (for work more than six feet off the ground)
    • Failure to Secure Materials (in cranes, trucks, lifts, and loaders)

    Overloading, load shifting, material spills, falls, equipment malfunction, and more are fairly regular occurrences when it comes to workplace accidents. Other accidents may relate to chemical and toxic exposure, such as splashing or ingesting, related to either job-related processes or transportation of materials. If you have been involved in a construction related injury, you need a law firm that gets results. Contact Fox Law Office, PLLC today.