Construction is one of the most dangerous industries to work in.One out of every five Worker deaths last year was in construction, a percentage that has remained fairly constant over the last several years. Despite the prevalence of construction injuries, construction accidents are preventable.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is responsible for ensuring that Contractors protect their Workers. To achieve this, OSHA sets and enforces federal standards for the construction industry. These standards apply to most private sector employers and their employees as well as some public sector employers. The following is more information on the requirements of OSHA and when to consult with a Toledo workers compensation lawyer.
Contractor Responsibilities in General
Under OSHA, Constructors are required to:
- Follow all relevant OSHA standards.
- Provide a safe work environment for Workers.
- Find and correct all safety and health hazards.
- Provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Workers at no cost.
- Inform Workers of safety hazards through training.
- Keep accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses.
General Accident Prevention
OSHA regulations should not be viewed as a “goal”, but as the absolute minimum that a Contractor should do to ensure Worker safety. To achieve this level of Worker protection, Contactors must actively and intentionally commit themselves to Worker safety.This requires the implementation of a comprehensive accident prevention program. This program should include:
- Establishing general safety standards/policies
- Safety Training
- Establishing clear lines of communication between management, supervision, and Workers.
- Comprehensive accident investigation and safety related record keeping.
- The Contractor should hold regular safety meetings for the entire company. These meetings should discuss safety, provide training, discuss issues and reinforce safety objectives.
Violation of a Specific Safety Rules
This is a claim that punished the employer and compensates the employee. The award varies based on how serious the injury or the extent of the safety violation is.
If our client was injured under these circumstances, we would help them file a report with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. They would then conduct an investigation and cite the company if they find safety violations. The report can then be used to substantiate a claim that alleges the specific safety requirement violation.
One example of a situation described above would be if an employer requires an employee to work at a certain height without the proper scaffolding or safety harness.
Contacting An Attorney
If you have been injured due to your employer’s failure to meet safety requirements, contact our office as soon as possible. We can help you file your claim and work towards the work injury settlement that you deserve.