Construction workers in Georgia are undoubtedly aware of the potential dangers of their chosen profession. Their employers have a duty to ensure safe workplace surroundings and provide ongoing safety training to make sure that workers are aware of the life-threatening workplace injuries that may occur. Four construction workers in a neighboring state recently suffered electrical shocks that may affect the rest of their lives.
Georgia workers who have suffered workplace injuries may be concerned about the level of medical and income coverage they may be entitled to receive. They may find comfort in knowing that all medical expenses, including prescription payments and traveling expenses, are typically paid by their employer’s workers' compensation insurance carrier. Workers’ compensation regulations state that a worker may not be billed by medical providers and that they should not be responsible for any amounts due.
Employers have a duty to ensure that their employees work in a safe environment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes safety regulations that employers in Georgia and other states have to comply with. Because construction sites generally pose serious dangers to workers, it is crucial to provide the workers with training to improve their understanding of the need for safety precautions, as well as the proper execution of safety precautions. Only by compliance with these safety regulations can yet another on-the-job accident be prevented.
Recent winter storms have wreaked havoc on many parts of Georgia. The combination of snow and ice has brought some cities to a complete standstill. As crews work tirelessly across the state to restore power and clean up in the aftermath of these storms, state agencies are busy trying to ensure companies are operating in compliance with the current workers' compensation laws.
While the following story did not occur here in Georgia, the circumstances of the story make it relevant to many American workers regardless of their location. Two workers were injured at a distribution center because of a workplace accident recently. One of the victimized employees was injured badly enough that an airlift was required to get the employee to a hospital. The conditions of the two employees are unknown, though the distribution center said that no deaths were involved in the workplace accident.