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Amazon Workers and Documents More horrific news concerning Amazon workers has gained national attention in April 2018 since the nonprofit advocacy group National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH) added Amazon warehouses to their “dirty dozen” list of America’s most dangerous workplaces. Amazon was given the title after developing a pattern of hazardous work conditions that tend to place efficiency and productivity over safety and employee livelihood. NCOSH spokesperson Marcie Goldstein-Gelb released a statement saying “this year, [we] will identify several companies who received specific warnings about safety hazards and failed to correct them. Workers paid the ultimate price for these failures.”

Unfortunately, their bad workplace practices are nothing new. Almost from the start, they have been known to focus most of their attention on fulfilling hundreds of thousands of orders quickly often at the cost of employee safety, who must do their jobs in unsafe working conditions at Amazon warehouses nationwide. A spokesperson for Amazon has responded by saying “we are proud of [the] safety record and thousands of Amazonians work hard every day innovating ways to make it even better.” The group released to report showing that Amazon had “a disturbing pattern of preventable deaths” were seven employees have died in Amazon warehouses since 2013. The report stated that “Amazon workers suffered injuries and sometimes lose their lives in a work environment with a relentless demand to fill orders and close monitoring of employee actions.”

The seven deaths involved various crashes in accidents. Two employees were crushed to death by warehouse forklifts, and another died after being run over by a truck. A fourth employee died in an accident involving an SUV driver, and another worker died of a fatal heart-associated incident that occurred while working overnight. The sixth employee was crushed to death by a pallet loader, and the seventh employee was crushed by an Amazon conveyor belt.

Extreme Sports or High Risk OccupationsJust how dangerous are sports when compared to some of the most dangerous occupations on the planet? It is a known fact that manual labor, construction and manufacturing jobs place workers at significant risk of injury or death, but sports can be just as deadly. Here we will take a look at the leading jobs and sports in the world in terms of the risks employees and participants take on.

The Most Dangerous Occupations on Earth

Men are far more likely to be killed or injured on the job than women due to the fact that they are far more likely to choose work in areas such as construction, manufacturing or occupations that require the operation of heavy machinery. In 2015 there were over 4,800 workplace fatalities reported in the United States. The vast majority of those killed were men.

Deliveries During the HolidaysIn recent years, Amazon, Target, Walmart and other leading online retailers are shifting their hiring practices for the holiday season. In the past, most of these companies primarily hired seasonal workers for their stores. However, with the search of online traffic and millions more choosing to do their shopping over the Internet, help is needed more than ever before in warehouses that fill trucks transporting goods to stores and fulfill online orders. But, this new strategy of filling seasonal jobs could place new workers in jeopardy due to the unexpected hazards a delivery company work environment.

In September 2017, UPS, the largest parcel delivery service in the world, release plans to hire almost 100,000 additional workers to handle and deliver packages through the holidays beginning in November and ending in January. FedEx stated the company would be hiring approximately 50,000 additional workers to handle the surge during the holiday season.

A Race to Deliver

Workers Compensation Determined by Workers CompensationIn May 2015, the Illinois appellate court ruled that a trucker who lost his leg through amputation after sustaining injuries in an accident was not an independent contractor but instead, an employee who is entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Court records show that trucker Radomir Cvetkovski hauled metal products and machinery for his employer, Steel & Machinery Transportation Inc. The truck driver had been employed by the company, based in Hammond Indiana, since March 2005.

In June of that year, Cvetkovski was dispatched by the company to haul a load from Indiana to Wisconsin. Because he picked the load up on a Friday, he drove his truck to spend the weekend at home making plans to deliver the shipment the following Monday. On that day, the trucker was involved in a motor vehicle crash resulting in the loss of his left leg through amputation below the knee. The following October, Cvetkovski filed a claim with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission in an effort to obtain benefits to cover his injuries, damages and losses.

Terms of the Hiring Agreement

Workers On Construction Site

The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) is conducted every year by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Every year, the census reveals the number of work injuries that occur every year, and this provides the public with a general understanding of the current status quo of workplace safety.

In 2012, the CFOI reported that there were a total of 4,383 fatal work injuries recorded. The sad reality is that many fatal work injuries go unreported, either because workers feel that they do not have any rights. If you have been injured in a workplace, then you should get in touch with a worker’s injury lawyer who can help you today.

Increase in the Prevalence of Construction Injuries

The CFOI report has revealed that fatal work injuries in the private construction sector increased 5 percent in 2012. In addition, the CFOI report also found that fatal work injuries in the private mining sector also rose in 2012.

Given this increase in construction and private mining sector injuries, it is important for individuals to get help when they need it. For the construction sector, some of the common causes of injuries and fatalities at construction sites include the following:

  • Falls
  • Electrocutions
  • Being struck by an object
  • Being caught in between equipment

There are also some common causes that can account for a rise in the number of injuries and fatalities at mining sites, and these include:

  • Presence of explosive materials in the ground
  • Presence of harmful gases or chemicals around the area
  • Collapses in a mine
  • Lack of oxygen

If you or a loved one has been injured in any of these ways, then you should consider consulting a worker’s injury lawyer today. A worker’s injury lawyer can assess the circumstances that have caused an injury or fatality and help pursue the full amount you may receive under the law.

The Troubling Number of Fatal Occupational Injuries

There are other types of accidents that were commonplace in industrial settings in 2012. The BLS reports that roadway incidents, violence by other individuals, harmful contact with equipment and other transportation incidents were common in workplace environments. Falls, slips, and trips were also common in workplace environments. Even more troubling is that a total of 341 workers died in over 142 incidents in 2012.

Common Industries for Occupational Injuries

The research study also indicates that there are some industries in which injuries were common. Industries like construction, transportation and warehousing, agriculture and mining were all noted as industries in which workers were commonly injured.

Over 21.2 percent of all occupational injuries arose in the agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industries. There were also over 15.6 percent of injuries that occurred in the mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction industries.

These statistics indicate that workers have a high likelihood of being injured in hands-on industries as opposed to industries like business services, government or education. In addition, the majority of workers who work on a contractual basis and were injured in 2012 were found in the construction and extraction occupations.

Getting Help for Your Injury Claim

Worker injury lawyers are available to help those who have been injured at a worksite. Worker injury lawyers can assist in contacting the appropriate governmental authorities to investigate the scene and potentially file a citation against you or your loved one’s previous employer. This may assist you in proving damages if your case must go to trial.

There are certain damages that individuals can recover when they have been injured on a worksite. These damages include the typical worker’s compensation benefits, but they can also include pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of wages and loss of consortium. Those who have suffered any of these losses due to injuries from a worksite should speak with worker injury lawyers today.

Construction Workers at Risk Doing RoadworkWorker Dies Trapped in a Recycling Machine

In a recent case, a construction worker’s life was taken after he became caught under a pavement recycling machine. The employee was working in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side when the tragedy occurred. Martin Marino, 48, was found dead at the scene of the accident.

Mr. Marino became trapped under the machine at 12:45 p.m. on September 12, 2013, and workers were unable to release his body from below the machine until 2:30 p.m. on that same day. Mr. Marino worked as a contractor for Peoples Gas and also worked as an employee for a paving company in the area.

OSHA violations and workers injuryCurrent OSHA Regulations for Scaffolding

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration is a government agency dedicated to the protection of construction and other industrial workers throughout the nation. OSHA regulations are supposed to protect the safety of construction workers, but the unfortunate reality is that numerous construction sites fail to abide by these scaffolding accident regulations every year. Straying from the regulations has caused the number of injuries and deaths of construction workers to escalate every year. OSHA estimates that every year, there are over 4,500 injuries and at least 60 deaths that result from the failure of construction employers to provide fall protection.

Under OSHA’s General Requirements federal statute for the Construction Industry, it is required that each scaffolding and its components be able to support its own weight and 4 times the maximum load placed on the scaffolding. In addition, the suspension ropes that are used on scaffoldings must also be able to hold at least 6 times the maximum intended weight. There also must be guardrail systems erected along a scaffolding to provide the maximum protections for construction workers.

Safety problems after finesThe Prevalence of OSHA Fines and Failures to Fix Problems

OSHA regulations are a common occurrence in industries like construction, plumbing, manufacturing and other intensive-labor fields. The unfortunate reality is that despite the existence of strict OSHA regulations for control of worker safety in these industries, there continue to be numerous injuries and deaths every year. It is almost as though corporations view OSHA fines as a low cost in comparison with the high cost of maintaining safe standards on a worksite.

Workers must be aware that the only protection they may have on a construction site or other industry setting may be the force of the law with help from construction injury lawyers. Corporations and construction companies may continue to fail to abide by OSHA regulations, so it is up to workers to contact construction injury lawyers who can help them assert their legal rights. If you have been injured or are the family member of a victim, then a construction injury lawyer can help you assert a legal claim against these corporations to receive compensation. Using the pressure and force of the law may be the only way to enact any type of positive change in the ways in which these industries function.

OSHA fines dangerous workVienna Beef Could Receive $53,000 in OSHA Fines For Serious Safety Violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has certain regulations in place that are intended to protect workers in industries. The regulations require that employers provide protective equipment for employees, place safeguards in workplaces and inform employees about their rights. Employees must also receive the proper training to protect themselves against risks of the workplace. In the case of Vienna Beef, a hot dog manufacturer, OSHA recently discovered 10 safety violations in its workplace. Because Vienna Beef now faces 10 serious safety violations, it must now pay a find of $53,000 or use additional safety protocols to avoid the fine.

Violations that Vienna Beef Now Faces

Violations May be used for work injuryThe Role of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Construction accidents occur every day, and it is the task of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to research these accidents. OSHA puts forth regulations that ensure the safety of construction workers and investigates claims. Currently, OSHA employes 2,200 inspectors who investigate the causes of dangerous construction accidents. There are a total of 90 local OSHA offices and 10 regional offices.

OSHA maintains a budget that can be drawn upon by workers who have been injured in construction accidents. In 2013, the total budget of OSHA is $563,658,000. In 2011, OSHA found that over 4,000 workers died as a result of dangerous construction sites. The statistics reveal that this accounts for almost 13 deaths occurring every day.

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