June 2nd - 6th is National Safety Stand-Down Week
The idea behind a safety stand-down is simple – employers request work stop for five to ten minutes and take that time to provide safety education to workers. The goal behind these events is to prevent workplace accidents that can lead to serious or fatal injury.
In a perfect world, safety stand-downs would not be necessary. In an ideal one, they would occur without prompting. In the world we live in, gentle encouragement may be necessary to remind employers of the necessity of these short meetings. Gentle encouragement is just what OSHA and a host of other safety organizations are providing during National Safety Stand-Down Week, June 2nd – 6th, 2014.
The focus of this year’s Safety Stand-Down Week is slip and fall accidents on construction sites. These accidents account for the largest number of construction site fatalities and are almost always entirely avoidable. OSHA has provided free educational materials for employers along with meeting suggestions that can be downloaded from its site.
Safety Stand-Down or no, injured workers have rights. If you have sustained an on the job injury, the workers’ compensation attorneys at Van Dorn & Curtiss would be happy to meet with you free of charge to discuss your case and your rights, and to help you determine the best way to get the compensation you are due.
To schedule a free consultation with one of our Vermont workers’ compensation attorneys, please contact the Law Offices of Van Dorn & Curtiss today.