Accidents and injuries due to insufficient workplace safety equipment have a devastating impact on families. Injured workers are often the most important providers for their families.
When they are injured and unable to work, an entire family’s finances may spiral out of control. When employers fail to provide workplace safety equipment or provide defective equipment, workers are injured and they should be held accountable.
Types of Workplace Safety Equipment
There are many occupations in America that are dangerous. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, thousands of Americans are injured every year. Industries such as fishing, logging, steel and construction are among the more dangerous industries that seriously injure workers who face unsafe working conditions everyday.
Some types of workplace safety equipment include:
- Special Purpose Shoes (including nonslip shoes)
- Hard Hats
- Protective Eyewear
- Prescription Lenses
- Protective Gloves (Metal Mesh, Chemical & Liquid Resistant, Leather or Canvas, etc.)
- Visibility Safety Vests
- Welding Headgear
- Rain suits
- Insulated Clothing
According to the OSHA, it is up to employers to assess the hazards of the workplace, and to identify and provide protective personal equipment for employees.
Safety Equipment on Construction Sites
Construction is among the most dangerous industries in America. As such, there are numerous types of safety equipment just for construction sites and construction workers. Common construction safety equipment includes:
- Head, eye and face protection
- Safety glasses
- Face shields
- Hard hats
- Feet protection
- Slip-resistant footwear
- Steel-toed boots
- Hand protection
- Work gloves
- Welding gloves
- Rubber gloves
- Ear protection
Employees should properly wear and maintain their equipment and notify their supervisors if they need replacement protective gear.
Commonly Cited OSHA Standards
Responsible for the health and safety of more than 130 million workers, OSHA performs safety inspections at more than 8 million work sites each year. In 2012, there were more than 40,900 federal inspections completed.
Some of the most commonly cited standards violated include:
- Fall Protection
- Communicating Hazards
- General Scaffolding Requirements
- Respiratory Protection
- Construction Ladders
- Control of Hazardous Energy
Contact our Winston-Salem Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been injured in a workplace accident due to an employer or other party’s negligence, the victim may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for medical bills, lost wages, and more. Although employers are supposed to provide ample workers’ compensation, some employees may find they are having difficulties receiving the compensation they deserve.
At Lewis & Keller, formerly Mike Lewis Attorneys we proudly have more than 150 years of combined legal experience and are committed to help injury victims fight for the compensation they are entitled to. We are knowledgeable in workers’ compensation claims and can provide comprehensive legal counsel on your specific case.
We have offices in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, North Carolina and proudly serve the surrounding areas, including:
- Oak Ridge
- High Point
We offer all potential clients a free no-obligation consultation. Contact us today to set up an appointment.