Suffering from a workplace injury or illness is a serious concern for workers and families. In Florida, employers with greater than four employees and all construction employers, are required to provide their employees with workers' compensation benefits, if they have suffered a workplace injury or illness. Because injured workers can be left with significant medical expenses and an inability to work, it is important for them to understand their workers' compensation benefits and the process.
Workers' compensation options are available to help in circumstances of a fatal workplace accident. According to a local paper, over the last two decades, more workers have died at power plants run by one utility than any other state utility. While the utility had nine workplace deaths in the past two decades, other, and much larger, utilities in the state had no greater than three deaths. Four workers recently died at one of the utility's plants when they suffered severe burns after a molten substance that is referred to as slag escaped from a tank where it was contained.
Until as recently as the 1970's American workers were often subjected to harsh and dangerous working conditions. Whether they were working in a dangerous construction zone or a factory dealing with hazardous chemicals, employees had little protections in place.
Every worker has the right to a safe and healthy work environment. There is no exception to this rule, regardless of the industry in which one works. Naturally, certain jobs are more dangerous than others, but these industries are expected to uphold an even higher standard of safety and care for their employees.
On some level, people think that an accident could never happen to them, only to others. While this may not be a conscious thought, many people who have suffered a serious injury after an accident will say that they never thought it could happen to them. The reality is, accidents and injuries can happen to anyone.
. Most construction workers can take pride in how hard they work from sun up to sun down. Unfortunately, accidents can befall construction workers and result in serious injuries and the need for medical attention. These injuries can continue to compound into negative effects for the worker by causing victims to lose wages due to an inability to work.
You probably value your independence. Getting into your car to drive yourself wherever you want to go, sitting down in the evening to read or watch television, or relaxing in front of your favorite computer game or websites are things you enjoy but maybe take for granted. Perhaps you take these luxuries for granted every day at work when you decide not to wear your protective eyewear.
Under Florida law, all construction employers and all other employers with four or more employees must provide workers' compensation coverage to their employees. If one or more of these employees are injured in the course and scope of employment, the employees are eligible for workers' compensation benefits.
In 1906, Upton Sinclair published the landmark novel, "The Jungle", shining a light on the harsh and dangerous working conditions of employees in the meatpacking industry. It wasn't until more than six decades later though, when the United States government formed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, and passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, that worker's rights were legally protected against hazardous working conditions.
Construction is an important industry in Palm Beach County and throughout Florida. In fact, the Florida Bureau of Labor Market Statistics predicts that building construction will be among the fastest growing industries this year. Unfortunately, a recent article questions whether safety practices are keeping pace with the growth in the construction and shipping industries.