If you have spent any time working any kind of construction-related job, you know that opportunities abound for injuries on a work site, even the those that maintain good safety standards. Some companies, however, can’t seem to value the safety of their workers until they are slapped with fines for creating an unsafe workplace. For those in the construction world, it’s not being too cautious to check into the safety record of a potential employer before accepting the job.
Take, for instance, a Philadelphia-based company whose repeated negligence on the work site recently lead the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to serve them citations for multiple safety violations, including seven serious fall hazards and two repeat violations. Basic safety measures such as wearing hard hats on the site and using damaged ladders were among the citations, including other issues that created an unsafe environment.
Fortunately for workers, OSHA has been cracking down on fall hazards across the country, while increasing the severity of fines it levees on companies who do not abide by safety standards. According to the agency, these measures are intended to not only keep workers who are at risk of falling-related injuries safer, but to also create a fairer business environment for companies who go to the extra trouble and expense of playing by the rules for the sake of their employees.
Fall hazards are a serious matter, and deserve to be treated as such. Of all the various kinds of accident injuries that occur regularly on construction sites, falling is one of the most commonly fatal. Recent data confirms that falling accounted for nearly half of all construction accident deaths in 2014. If you have been involved in a construction accident, there is no need to wait for your employer to get around to remedying the situation. Through the guidance of an attorney with experience in construction accidents, you can take control of your recovery and protect your rights while you seek justice.
Source: Construction Dive, “OSHA fines PA contractor $105K for fall-hazard violations on NJ job site,” Michael Kaminer, Oct. 19, 2016