Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Construction Worker’s Near Brush with Death

There are a lot of people in office spaces that oftentimes complain of how difficult their jobs are. They complain of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, back pains, migraines, and similar ailments. But who are these people kidding? The thing is, there are a lot of other more difficult and dangerous jobs that other people are into. Case in point: construction site employees. These workers do their jobs for hours every day. They carry heavy loads, get exposed to the heat, cold, dust, and other elements. While they have safety equipment to protect them from injuries, these poor workers can still end up in compromising situations such as construction accidents.

Action-packed Surprise
One man working on the construction of an apartment complex in Houston, Texas was surprised as he found that the building he was in was on fire. The massive fire destroyed that apartment complex where one of the construction worker’s life was put in danger. Emergency response teams staged a daring rescue attempt to save the man trapped in the building. The worker spent most of the time on a window ledge before firefighters could raise ladders to pick him up. The rescue effort wasn’t completed as easy as it seemed. For a couple of times, the worker’s foot slipped and witnesses claimed that they even doubted if the construction worker could survive. Just moments right after the worker was saved, a portion of the apartment complex’s roof caved in as fire continued to tear the place down. All of the employees working in the construction site were saved and nobody got injured. Authorities are still trying to find out the real cause of the inferno that took two and a half hours to put off.

Dangers at Work
The US Labor Department’s Office of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reminds all employers to take measures to ensure the safety of all of their workers. In its years of existence, the OSHA was able to spot health and safety violations and file charges against employers who fail to comply with these standards. They’ve also assisted, with the help of employment and labor attorneys, workers who got injuries or illnesses because of poor health and safety measures implemented by some employers. As it has been said before, its employees are the most important asset of any company. That is why employers should always make sure that they put the employees’ welfare first at all times.