Workplaces can be dangerous; a fact that was discovered today by workers at the site of the new Horseshoe Casino in Cincinnati, Ohio. Fifteen workers were injured when the building collapsed as concrete was being poured on the second floor. It is believed that a beam fell causing the floor to buckle and collapse. Investigators from the city’s building department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are now on-site to determine what went wrong. Fortunately, it is believed that none of the workers have suffered life-threatening injuries.
OSHA issues regulations that are intended to protect workers. On construction sites, those regulations cover everything from the type of safety equipment that must be available to workers to the training that must be given to ensure those workers know how to use that equipment. In a recent case I handled employees of a contractor where not given the proper PPE, or personal protective equipment, to protect them from powdered lead. Nor were they given any training on how to work safely around this hazardous material.