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Construction Accidents that Changed the Industry

Many construction accidents are minor – a slip and fall leading to cuts and bruises, back pain from heavy lifting – but it’s easy for negligence on a work site to lead to devastating accidents. The heavy construction equipment, working at high heights, malfunctioning tools and the carelessness of an employee or employer can cause serious, life-changing injuries and even wrongful death. Our country is no stranger to major construction accidents, and though things have become a lot safer since the Industrial Revolution, every few years we see a construction disaster that reshapes the way that the industry looks at safety. Here are a few of the country’s worst construction disasters. Four Construction Accidents That Reshaped Safety Awareness Willow Island, West Virginia, 1978. Dozens of workers working on a nuclear cooling tower fell from a collapsed scaffolding. In all, 51 died. Investigations by OSHA found that the scaffold collapsed due…
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What Do I Do If I Lose a Family Member to a Workplace Injury?

In mid-November, a worker at the Nissan Assembly Plant in Smyrna died due to head trauma. The man is the third worker to be killed at the plant. In 2012, a truck driver was crushed between two trucks while making a delivery to the plant. In 2013, a falling piece of machinery struck and killed a maintenance technician. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found that the plant had violated safety protocols and fined Nissan $10,400. More than 4,600 workers are killed at work every year in the United States, according to OSHA. Manufacturing and assembly plants have a duty of care to ensure that all safety precautions are taken to ensure the safety of workers. When companies are negligent in their duties to provide a safe workplace, the results can be devastating. This is especially true when the deceased worker is the family breadwinner. And unfortunately, workers’ compensation…
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Is the Gerdau Ameristeel Plant Safe for Workers?

An investigation has been launched into the death of a 56-year-old steel plant worker at Gerdau Ameristeel plant in Knoxville. According to the Knoxville Police Department, the man was working in a storage area when a hanging pallet with bags of sand-like material collapsed onto him. The material weighed two tons. The worker was pronounced dead on the scene. The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) arrived that day to conduct an investigation. The plant, which melts down steel, has had run-ins with TOSHA before. In 2014, a blast occurred that killed one steel plant worker and injured five others while they were melting scrap metal. TOSHA fined the plant $8,400 for two serious safety violations that caused the blast and was directed to install monitoring equipment to prevent future explosions. How Can Steel Plant Workers Stay Safe? According to TOSHA, most workplace accidents are preventable if the proper…
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