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An OSHA investigation focuses on keeping California jobsites safe

As many California natives know, construction work is dangerous work. Men and women working construction are routinely around heavy equipment and tons of raw materials, making it imperative for businesses to do everything possible to create a safe working environment for the employees. When an accident occurs on a construction site, there will often be an OSHA investigation to determine the cause of the accident.

A Connecticut construction worker was recently injured when a retaining wall fell on him after it became unstable during renovation work. EMTs were able to free the man, but he was taken to a hospital in critical condition. His condition is not known at this time.

For construction businesses, simple safety procedures are helpful to prevent accidents involving their workers. Safety gear, extensive training and routine equipment checks are all ways for a business to protect employees from harm. However, accidents can and will happen and the proper steps must be taken to insure that all governing authorities are notified within the proper time period.

In California, where the population continues to expand at a rapid pace, construction is a part of life. Construction businesses in this industry must go the extra mile to create a safe working environment for their employees, and they should comply with any OSHA investigation if an accident occurs. It is beneficial for both the safety of the employees, as well as the bottom line of the business, to adhere to any and all OHSA regulations. While accident investigations can take quite a long time to resolve, it is always in the best interests of the company to pursue safety at all times. In those instances where an accident does occur, state regulated workers' compensation benefits typically cover medical costs and related expenses for the employee, as well as provide a lost income package for missed time from work.

Source: NBC News, "Worker Injured in Meriden Wall Collapse," July 17, 2013

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