We're not sure of it's ignorance...or arrogance...or a combination of the both.
It stuns us here at Loney & Schueller how many times we see instances where safety measures were completely ignored by an employer...which then unfortunately leads to hard-working employees being injured at the workplace.
A worksite on Columbia Street has been temporarily shut down after a worker was injured when he fell 31 feet.
The accident happened on Feb. 18 at 716 Columbia St., a designated heritage building undergoing renovations.
A worker fell 31 feet off a step ladder and through an opening in the floor below, according to WorkSafeBC inspection reports.
The injured worker was taken to hospital, however, emergency responders had difficulties getting to the worker, because of "inadequate jobsite access," WorkSafeBC noted.
A preliminary site inspection revealed several violations, which likely led to the worker falling through the floor, the report noted. These violations included a lack of secure ladders; no guardrails; and no fall protection for workers.
That was just the preliminary inspection...no guardrails...no fall protections...lack of secure leadders. That's appalling...but all too common.
If you work construction, look around your job site...are the proper safety measures in place to ensure your protection?
Too many employers fail to implement proper safety precautions...and just "hope" for the worst never to happen.
When it does though...it's not the employer who suffers the physical, emotional, mental, and financial burden...it's the hard-working individual who was doing nothing more than trying to do his/her job properly.
If you've been injured while on the job, know that you have rights...rights that protect you in these instances. Talk to Eric, Randy, and Sarah at 515-225-4485...let us go over your claim with you. We will then fight vigorously to ensure you get your full & rightful compensation!