According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the national average of fatal injuries is higher in the construction industry than all other industries. OSHA estimates that 6.5 million people work at more than 250,000 construction sites around the country on a given day. In 2014, one in five fatal accidents was the result of a construction accident. Construction accidents include falls, head injuries, electric shocks, repetitive motion injuries, scaffolding collapses, and trench collapses. Nearly all are preventable.
OSHA is the federal agency responsible for regulating workplace safety. OSHA sets and enforces safety standards in all workplace environments and provides subsequent training for employers and employees. When OSHA regulations are not followed and workers are injured, employers may be held responsible. Since its inception in 1970, OSHA and its regulations have reduced workplace injuries and workplace illnesses by almost 67 percent, but it is up to employers to uphold OSHA regulations. Employers also need to provide proper safety training to keep workers safe.
Under federal law, employees are afforded the right to a safe workplace. OSHA requires that employees are guaranteed the following:
- safe machinery
- safety equipment likes hardhats, gloves, harnesses, and lifelines
- protection from toxic chemicals
- access to OSHA inspectors,
- ability to report illness or injuries
- access to workplace injury data
- ability to request testing of workplace hazards
OSHA issues citations and/or fines to businesses that do not adhere to regulations. Construction site citations are most frequently issued for issues with scaffolding, falls, ladders, head protection, excavation, and electrical safety. Visitors and pedestrians who have been injured at construction sites may also be entitled to compensation. Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at DiTomaso Law can help you regain lost wages if you have been injured because of an employer’s failure to maintain a safe construction site.
Philadelphia Construction Accident Lawyers Help Injured Parties Receive Compensation
All employers are required to maintain safe workplaces. You should not risk your life to get your job done. Regulations are in place to keep construction sites safe, but if you suffer a serious injury on the job, you can hold your employer accountable. Philadelphia construction accident lawyers at DiTomaso Law handle construction accidents in South Jersey and throughout New Jersey, as well as Philadelphia and all of Pennsylvania. Contact our Cherry Hill office at 856-343-4116 or our Philadelphia office at 215-515-7160. You can also contact us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.