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Philadelphia's 'Construction Incident Prevention Initiative' Underway

In an effort to decrease the number of fatalities on construction sites in Philadelphia, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has introduced a new campaign for the summer. The "Construction Incident Prevention Initiative" is aimed at recognizing and removing safety and health risks for construction workers.

There are four primary causes of accidents on construction sites:

  • Falls
  • Struck-by/ crushing incidents
  • Electrocutions
  • Caught-in-between incidents

The initiative will address each of those concerns, and will also focus on certain health problems, such as lead and heat exposure.

As part of the initiative, OSHA's compliance officers will be performing inspections immediately after a report of an unsafe work environment is made involving one of the primary causes of accidents.

OSHA also has an ongoing national campaign to avoid falls in the construction industry. In 2011 and 2012 thus far, the Philadelphia region has had 43 fatalities in the construction industry. Falls accounted for 18 of those deaths. Strikingly, over 10,000 construction workers were injured because of a fall in 2010, with 250 workers suffering fatal injuries.

As a result of these staggering statistics, OSHA has made a concerted effort to improve safety measures on construction sites nationwide. OSHA's acting regional administrator in Philadelphia said, "Despite its high fatality rate, construction can be a safe occupation when employers and workers are aware of the hazards and use an effective safety and health program. The increased presence of our compliance officers and immediate inspections conducted in response to unsafe scaffolds, fall risks, trenches and other construction hazards should help to prevent work site fatalities."

When a construction worker suffers a workplace injury, consulting with a knowledgeable workers' compensation attorney will help the injured worker receive just compensation.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, "US Labor Department's OSHA announces summer 'Construction Incident Prevention Initiative,' in Greater Philadelphia Area," June 26, 2012.

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