If you work in a Miami restaurant or hotel, the types of injuries that you can suffer on the job are very different from most other industries. For instance, a sous chef or a line cook might have to cope with serious cuts or burns after an accident prepping food or cooking on the grill.
In 2009, OSHA instituted a rule that said any company in Florida and around the country that was fined more than $40,000 would be mentioned in a press release. The goal was to shame businesses into taking steps that would lead to safer workplaces. An economist from Duke University did a study into whether shame was an effective tool for getting organizations to change their ways. The study results suggest that the answer was yes.
When Florida construction workers are on the job, they may face a risk of a severe workplace injury. Across the country, construction repeatedly shows up on lists of the most dangerous professions, often simply because there are so many opportunities for harm. Employees may work at heights, with heavy machinery or in unfinished buildings, all of them posing risks for machine accidents, falls or other incidents. When companies fail to train workers who are newer to construction, they may face an even greater risk of a serious injury on the job.
OSHA requires that employee training must result in mastery of the training material. Recently, the safety organization stated that for this reason, online and computer training alone does not suffice. Workers in Florida who rely on their computers and smartphones on a regular basis may disagree, but they will likely agree that online training gives few opportunities for workers to ask questions of qualified trainers.
Employers in Florida should always be prepared when it comes to keeping their employees safe. It all begins with knowing what hazards an industry faces. The following are a just a few key factors that employers in any industry might need to address.
As regular readers of our Miami, Florida Workers' Compensation Law Blog know, we typically dedicate this space to issues important to people who suffer injuries on the job. A recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) helps policy makers, legislators and injured employees across the nation assess how their states measure up in terms of workers’ comp payments to medical professionals.
It’s that time of year. Miami high schools and colleges are readying for graduation ceremonies. Many graduates approach the big day with a mixture of excitement and anxiety, looking forward to landing their first full-time as young adults.
Many Florida parents worry about the safety of their adult children who work in industries commonly associated with high personal injury risks. A man in another state says he has gone so far as to ask his sons to find other jobs, as he worries about their safety every day. He used to work at the same carbon carbide company that currently employs his sons, where terrible workplace accidents have occurred on more than one occasion.
Many Florida workers regularly contend with hazards on the job that involve heavy pieces of mechanized equipment. Such employees are greatly at risk for workplace accidents, which often result in severe or even fatal injuries. In another state, a worker suffered a catastrophic injury at a job site that resulted in amputation of his leg at the scene.
Florida workers who are often close to tractor-trailers and other massive commercial vehicles on the job typically understand there is personal risk involved. Still, employers are obligated to provide necessary training and all available equipment to help keep employees as safe as possible. When workplace accidents occur that end in fatalities, entire companies, families and communities suffer grief.