Construction workers are among the most vulnerable workers. Anyone in this sector is exposed to the possibility of a serious accident — everything from a fall from height to being hit by falling debris. Fortunately, construction workers’ accidents are being minimized significantly by strict enforcement of a variety of regulatory measures.
To help continue this trend, the Occupational and Safety Health Administration is extending temporary enforcement measures to enhance safety in residential construction. Set forth in September 2011, these measures have included assistance in compliance, increased outreach, reduced penalties and extended abatement periods.
OSHA’s own records show that fatalities from falls are the biggest contributors of death in the construction industry. To address this, the agency’s regulation offer specific protocols for handling cranes, scaffolding, ladders and machinery. The organization has worked closely with industry to promote safety, conducting on-site visits, training sessions and presentations to help prevent falls. It offers employers, employees and their unions a slew of educational and training materials about compliance. It also invites suggestions from all parties to help make its prevention program even more effective.
A worker’s family constantly lives with the fear that its breadwinner could be badly injured or killed. In the case of an accident, workers and their families should be assured that state and federal laws have been designed to address situations that arise out temporary and permanent disability or even death. Worker’s compensation laws ensure that workers will be supported financially and compensated for any mishaps.
An experienced and compassionate attorney can offer guidance in handling the complicated and painful situations that arise from construction accidents. A meticulous professional will ensure that investigations are conducted and properly reported, that employer negligence and failures to observe OSHA safety regulations are recorded and medical reports are strictly scrutinized.
Source: EHSToday, “OSHA Looks to Construction Enforcement, Regulations, as 2012 Draws to a Close,” Sandy Smith, Dec. 13, 2012