Many Wisconsin employees are exposed to hazards in the workplace on a daily basis. Some companies don't tell workers about on-the-job dangers or train them to handle occupational hazards safely. Neglect leads to needless injuries, workers' compensation claims and permanent disabilities or death.
Injuries and death are daily possibilities for workers in dangerous professions. Wisconsin construction workers may suffer back or neck injuries in the course of regular duties or become victims of on-site accidents, sometimes caused by an employer's negligence. Injured workers and families of employees who die on the job are due workers' compensation benefits.
Disseminating information about safety in the Wisconsin workplace is one duty of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. At a recent gathering of business officials, an OSHA representative spoke about the latest priorities within the government's safety watchdog organization.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration rewards the country's safest workplaces with membership in a Voluntary Protection Program. American Packaging Corp. is one of 49 Wisconsin-based employers with a VPP designation, even though an employee was killed in a workplace accident that OSHA blamed on the company.