Prior to the inception of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 1970, workplaces suffered much higher rates of injury and death than they do now. So, while there may be some stringent guidelines that you sometimes have to abide by when on-the-job, be grateful that these guidelines are keeping you safe.
Prior to OSHA being put into place, there were more than 400,000 workers killed while working between 1935 and 1960. After OSHA was put into place, there was a 60% drop in workplace deaths between 1970-2010.
The overall workforce became safer and less-likely to suffer severe injuries and deaths. In fact, slightly more than 1 out of 10 workers were injured on the job in 1970 and by 2010, less than 4 out of every 10 workers were injured while working.
We are all grateful that safety regulations are helping keeping our construction workers safe. Our Mobile, Alabama workmen’s compensation attorneys at Long & Long truly hope that construction management teams are following guidelines and protecting their employees. If you feel as though you were injured because your employer didn’t properly protect you, please contact our attorneys today to discuss your case.