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Employee dies in work accident after falling into shaft

There are many hazards that can befall workers while carrying out their regular assignments. Though the majority of employers are diligent about ensuring that the risks of a work accident are minimized, not every accident can be prevented. Even the most diligent Missouri employees can suffer a serious accident that results in injury or death.

Recently, emergency responders were called to the site of a building under construction to provide services to a trapped worker. According to the early reports, the 31-year-old man was working on the site when he somehow fell down an elevator shaft. Once the first rescue personnel were on scene, they summoned extra assistance from another company to help free the victim.

Man killed; 1 injured by glass panel in work accident

When one hears of an accident at a construction site, it may prompt images of a fall or machinery malfunction. Unfortunately, there are many hazards on the site of a construction job -- many of which could be prevented. When a Missouri resident is injured in a work accident, the consequences may include physical injury along with significant financial difficulties.

A construction site was recently shut down after a security guard and a worker were involved in an accident. According to the report, a glass panel that was to be installed was sitting on a loading dock. For reasons that are yet unclear, the panel, described as being approximately 8-by-14 feet, tipped over and landed on a 67-year-old security guard. A 27-year-old construction worker on the site was also injured.

Employers can provide tools to aid workers with mental illness

Mental health is one of the fastest growing concerns in the workplace. Unfortunately, it is also one of the least openly addressed problems for workers who are struggling with some form of mental illness on the job. Missouri workers who have concerns about their mental well-being may benefit when an employer makes an effort to address this legitimate problem.

According to the Center for Prevention and Health, nearly 20 percent of the American population suffers from some form of diagnosable mental illness. This problem -- along with substance abuse -- can cost companies more than $79 billion every year in lost productivity and treatment costs. Therefore, it may benefit both employers and workers if companies take steps to assist employees in seeking mental well-being.

Company cited for serious violations; fined after OSHA review

Those who work around chemicals as part of their profession require careful training in proper use and disposal of such materials. In the event that there is a serious mishap, the consequences can prove to be dangerous for Missouri employees and other individuals. When an accident occurs at a workplace, OSHA will likely conduct a thorough review of the causes.

Recently, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration completed its investigation of a serious fire at a chemical plant that injured about a dozen firefighters. Shortly after the blaze, it was determined that it was caused when a worker mixed identified chemicals together in an attempt to dispose of them. Somehow, this touched off a fire that quickly grew out of control. During the course of battling the blaze, it was estimated that more than 12 emergency responders suffered injuries severe enough to require treatment at local hospitals.

Scaffolding fall results in deaths of 2 construction workers

No matter the project, construction work comes with an inherent set of hazards that can cause a serious injury or death. Building projects that include several stories may be even more dangerous for workers due to the heights that are involved. Sadly, there may be several Missouri residents who have suffered the often tragic outcome that accompanies a scaffolding fall.

Recently, emergency responders in one state were called to an accident scene where work was taking place on a high-rise condominium. According to the report, two men were aboard a bucket elevator that was supported by scaffolding. For reasons that have yet to be determined, the support structure failed, and the two workers fell approximately 110 feet to the ground.

An injury and illness prevention plan increases workplace safety

According to statistics from 2015, the Bureau of Labor calculated that approximately 4,836 workers were killed on the job that year. On top of that figure, an estimated 2,905,900 employees suffered reportable injuries. While Missouri is not one of the states that currently mandate having a workplace safety plan in effect, it does encourage employers to develop these often critical plans.

Often referred to as an IIPP, an Injury and Illness Prevention Program allows employers to develop plans that can ensure that both workers and employers are protected from the risk of injury and the cost to both treat a work-related injury and lost productively when an accident or illness occurs. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has long recommended that all states create an effective plan for each workplace in order to protect employees from an often preventable accident. While there is no one plan that can be applied to every work site, there are general guidelines that can be adapted to fit each unique company's needs.

Woman dies from construction accident injuries

Even though many people may associate construction work as being performed mainly by men, there are countless women who also work in this field. Regardless of the type of construction, there is always the ever-present danger of a serious construction accident befalling any Missouri resident in spite of one's skills or experience. One recent accident resulted in the death of a female contractor.

According to the preliminary report, the accident occurred in the early morning around 7:30 a.m. Emergency responders were called to the scene of a construction site for an apartment complex. Purportedly, the incident involved a 55-year-old female contractor who was working on a first floor level apartment. For reasons that are yet unclear, the woman somehow fell through a floor into a basement for which no stairs had yet been built.

OSHA reaches settlement with company, includes $200,000 fine

Any workplace can contain hidden hazards regardless of the type of business. In spite of the diligence that workers may practice, a lack of clear safety plans can result in injuries for employees for which OSHA may levy fines and issue citations. While every Missouri workplace must comply with set regulations, there is still the possibility that an accident can occur without warning.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced that it had reached a settlement agreement with an automobile auction house where a fatal accident had occurred last May. The federal agency conducted a thorough review of the tragedy. Afterwards, it cited the business for several safety violations and levied fines that totaled approximately $267,000. The company contested the fines, and an agreement was reached that will require it to pay $200,000 and correct the issues that lead up to the fatal incident.

One state defines injury prevention, workplace safety for hotels

Several years ago, union members for hotel housekeepers requested that the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health define standards for injury prevention. In response to that request, the agency recently released recommendations that are hoped will increase workplace safety for this class of employees. While Missouri has not yet followed suit, workers here could benefit from similar regulations.

According to Cal/OSHA officials, those who work in the hospitality services as housekeepers suffer more work-related injuries than most other employees. These injuries are often described as both cumulative and acute, and the numbers of those suffering injuries have steadily increased. For the first time, the agency has issued regulations that employers are required to institute in order to decrease the risk of injury for these employees.

Construction worker dies after most recent incident at work site

Missouri workers willingly acknowledge that the construction field is rife with opportunities for injuries. As a result, the vast majority of companies take steps to minimize the likelihood of serious mishaps that can result in injuries or death. Unfortunately, there will still be events that occur on job sites that will leave a construction worker with serious or even fatal injuries.

Sadly, there was a recent report of another worker suffering fatal wounds from a construction accident. The 56-year-old man was operating an excavator while on the site of a future casino. Somehow, construction materials became loose and crashed down onto the machinery's cab. The man was quickly transported to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

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