According to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) 1 in 10 workers are likely to be injured in a year. Not many of these workers are union members. Some of them do not have the proper paper work to work in the country. This makes them vulnerable of being neglected by their employers. Their basic rights like safety rights and fair wages are easily compromised.
According to OSHA nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the nation on any given day. The fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average in this category for all industries. Many times, progress comes at the cost of these workers lives and well-being. For this reason OSHA has laid down certain standards for construction sites to be followed. Here are some of the basics safety rights every construction worker and employer should know and follow:
Scaffold must be strong and sound and accessed by using ladders and stairwells. It should be erected, moved or dismantled by competent persons only and must be inspected frequently.
Control line systems should be installed to protect workers near the edges of floors and roofs. Floor holes must be covered and safety nets and body harnesses must be used. Aerial lifts or elevated platforms should be used to provide safer elevated working surfaces.
Ensure that the load does not exceed the crane’s rated capacity. Raise the load a few inches to verify the balance and effectiveness of the brake system. Loads should not be moved over the workers.
All operators must be trained and certified, to operate the forklift safely. Weight and speed while operating a forklift should not exceed recommend limits. Operators should wear seatbelts at all times.
Workers should wear hardhats in places where there is a potential for objects falling from above, bumps to their heads from fixed objects, or accidental head contact with electrical hazards.
Despite various safety measures in place accidents still happen. Due to the nature of the job, which involves heavy machinery, electrical equipment, height and many more factors, accidents are inevitable. For this reason it is essential that the victim is well compensated for all losses. Construction workers suffer all kinds of injuries in these accidents.
If you or anyone you know has been injured as a result of an accident at a construction site, there are some things that you should do to protect yourself and your legal rights. First, get medical attention for your injuries, right away. Report the injury to your employer and/or construction site manager, and note the name and position of the person notified. Get the names and contact information of anyone who may have witnessed the accident. If possible, try to preserve any evidence related to the injury, such as photographs of the area where you were injured (and the injuries themselves), or keep the equipment or tool that was involved in the injury.
Most importantly do not forget to consult a construction accident lawyer. There are complex liability issues, legal deadlines for filing causes of action for injury and also the need to conduct a thorough site investigation. Here at Reinken Law Firm we care about construction workers and their injuries. Call us at 203-541-0090 / 203-491-4404 / 203-418-7037 / 203-489-2825. We are committed to getting you the compensation you deserve.