Arizona construction accidents can be deadly
Two workplace accidents in Arizona, one that took a worker’s life and another that injured seven workers, made national headlines in 2015 and 2016. A 31-year old worker plunged 25 feet to his death building a stage on a University of Phoenix parking near the school’s stadium in 2015. The Arizona Republic, part of USA Today’s national news network, also covered a roof collapse at a church building site in 2016 that hospitalized two workers and injured five others.
Arizona “improperly slashing workplace safety penalties”
In Arizona, safety regulations, meant to prevent accidents at construction sites, are enforced by the state’s Industrial Commission Association (ICA). In 2016, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) suspected the ICA was undermining the “deterrent power” of the federal government to protect construction workers, according to Arizona Daily Star. The paper reported the ICA was “routinely” reducing penalties and “reclassifying violations…without clear justification.” OSHA subsequently began an investigation.
Danger set to grow for Arizona construction workers
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Maricopa County had the highest annual population growth in the U.S. between July 2015 and July 2016. To meet the demand for new homes, construction companies are offering salaries that are “15-20%” higher than other states.
But contractors may be forced to hire inexperienced workers “less familiar with common construction site hazards” to fill jobs, putting other workers in danger, according to Insurance industry data. The ICA’s apparent lax attitude toward worker safety is also dangerous.
Workers in Arizona need legal help to secure benefits
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that construction jobs will be one of the top two fields of work in the U.S. until 2022. Latinos made up 24% of the construction industry’s workers nationwide in 2011. The New York Times reported in 2015 that job growth for Hispanics was considerably higher than the rate for other groups. According to the latest information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Latino workers incurred nearly 1,000 fatal injuries in 2015, the most since 2007.
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