Construction workers make up a huge part of the American workforce. Projects such as building construction, bridge construction, and demolitions employ hundreds of workers per site. While there are federal standards in place to keep construction workers safe, these types of job sites continue to be high-risk areas. Two workers die every day on U.S. construction sites, and more deaths occur in construction than in any other industry.
Rules For Keeping Construction Workers Safe
OSHA has extensive rules in place for companies to ensure they operate safe work environments and equipment. Some rules these companies must follow are outlined below:
• Employers must provide a workplace free from serious recognized hazards and comply with rules and regulations issued under the OSH Act of 1970.
• Employers must post OSHA citations at or near work area, and keep these violations posted for 3 days or until violation has been corrected.
• Employers must have an Injury and Illness Prevention Program in place at all times.
• Employers must conduct safety training in a language and vocabulary that all workers can understand.
• Employers must not discriminate against employees who exercise their rights under the OSH Act (“Whistleblower Protection”)
Construction Site Hazards and Injuries
Even with these laws in place, accidents can happen. The following types of hazards can severely injure construction workers and might even result in death:
• Falls (from heights)
• Scaffold collapse
• Electric shock
• Injury from falling objects
• Being trapped or caught between objects
• Breathing hazardous substances
• Repetitive motion injuries.
People working under these conditions could suffer traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, loss of limb, lung damage, and/or damage to eyesight, among other injuries.
The Attorneys at Gutierrez Law Office Can Help
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction site accident, you need attorneys who are familiar with OSHA and Gutierrez Law Firm has successfully represented clients in construction accidents, resulting in millions of dollars in recovery for the victims. Please contact us for a free consultation by calling (361) 664-7377 or (713) 588-3300. You may also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.