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More than 80 percent of construction workers have experienced at least one safety-related incident, according to the American Association of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
As a result, most employers have been forced to adopt better practices, according a recent study.
“We’re seeing more and more companies are beginning to recognize safety issues as a way to keep workers safe and to improve their safety, and that’s a good thing,” said Peter Schaffer, an associate professor of occupational health and safety at Harvard University who studies safety issues.
“Employers that are not taking action on safety have to pay a price.”
But many of the changes that are required by the Affordable Care Act are costly.
The law requires employers to pay workers an annual fee for health insurance coverage, which could increase the cost of a worker’s annual insurance premium.
That fee also has led employers to adopt safety-critical practices.
For example, many of those who work in large office buildings require workers to wear face shields and other protective gear.
Workers also wear helmets at work.
But the cost to employers for those safety-conscious practices has been rising.
While the cost for a worker to wear a face shield is roughly $3.25 per month, a worker who is not wearing a face mask at work would pay about $12 per month for health coverage, according the American Medical Association.
If employers also mandated workers to take breaks every 30 minutes, it could add $2.50 to their annual insurance premiums.
The government could help with the cost by requiring employers to use more of their payroll funds to fund safety improvements.
But it has yet to mandate a program.
The bill introduced in Congress is designed to provide the federal government with the financial backing needed to enforce existing safety standards.
But that funding is limited.
The legislation calls for the Department of Labor to use $4 billion in federal funds to pay for the costs of the mandatory safety programs.
The federal government also has the option of funding the cost directly through tax credits.
But since those tax credits are paid through payroll taxes, they are not tied to employers’ ability to pay.
So, for instance, if a worker earns $20,000 a year and has a $5,000 health plan, she would pay $2,500 for health care for that year.
If she had to pay the $5 million upfront, she wouldn’t be eligible for the tax credits and would instead receive a refund.
A worker could still avoid the cost if she had insurance through a private insurance company, but she would be expected to use a health savings account, and her employer would not be able to deduct the cost.
Some economists say that the bill would only lead to further erosion of workplace safety standards, not to any real change.
“It’s not that it’s not good to require employees to wear helmets, but it’s really a way for employers to be able control who they can and cannot hire,” said Michael R. Sperling, a professor of labor and employment law at the University of California at Berkeley.
The problem with such an approach is that it requires employers not only to have safety-sensitive practices, but also to have the right practices.
“A safety-oriented approach would not make sense in an era of ever-increasing automation,” said David S. Cohen, a research professor at the Georgetown University Center on Workforce Development.
“If we are going to make progress in improving workplace safety, we need a robust and robust safety culture and that culture should include a focus on people’s safety.”