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Prevent Construction Injuries: L&I Workshop on May 8

construction injuryConstruction jobs rank among the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. Every year, thousands of individuals in Washington suffer from construction site accidents or workplace fatalities. Frequent causes include:

  • Scaffolding accidents
  • Falls
  • Crane accidents
  • Accidents involving compressed gases or chemicals
  • Defective machinery or equipment
  • Explosions
  • Welding and cutting accidents

Construction Site Accident Attorneys

Workers who have been injured on the job often find it difficult to return to work, and become involved in lengthy appeals processes with the Department of Labor and Industries and their Workers’ Compensation Attorney. A better solution is to prevent such accidents and fatalities altogether.

Construction Safety Workshops

As construction work continues to rebound, it is increasingly important for workers and employers to prioritize workplace safety and prevent injuries. Construction workers, contractors and subcontractors, owners and supervisors all have a responsibility to ensure safety, and L&I is providing the opportunity to learn more about good workplace practices and offer industry-specific training at its 6th annual “Construction Safety Day,” schedule for May 8.

The event will take place from 7:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Puyallup Fairgrounds Pavilion.

Construction Safety Day is co-sponsored by the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board and the Department of Labor & Industries. Even though there have been significant improvements in equipment and training over the past decade, work in the construction industry remains a hazardous occupation. In 2012, eight workers were killed in Washington State as a result of construction-related accidents. Hundreds or thousands more were injured – or seriously injured – on the job.

Safety experts from the Department of Labor and Industries will offer demonstrations using construction cranes, job-site equipment and tools; educate visitors in an exhibit hall and health & wellness booth; and administer workshops for workers, owners and supervisors on the following issues:

–      LEAN for construction
–      Communication and leadership for safety
–      Safety rule update, including the newly revised Fall-Protection rule
–      Accident Prevention Plan (APP)
–      Aerial lift and Reach truck safety
–      Scaffolding

Please see the Registration Brochure on the L&I website for additional information about workshops. Registration fees are $55 in advance or $65 at the door. The department is also offering $10 discount for groups of five or more. Visit to register online.

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