Most accidents on a construction site happen because of bad design or inspection. Workers have a right to a safe work environment, but unfortunately, employers, contractors or other entities are always looking to take shortcuts to maximize profits and workers end up caught in the middle. In these situations, a personal injury lawyer can help you establish liability and recover compensation for your injuries.
Employers are required to adhere to certain health and safety regulations designed and enforced by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). OSHA protects laborers from having to work in unsafe or hazardous conditions. Failure to adhere to these safety standards from the employers’ part usually draws hefty fines.
The workplace should be regularly inspected to prevent incidents, injuries, and illnesses. Common workplace hazards include:
- Electrical hazards like improper wiring, loose wires, frayed cords
- Unguarded machinery and moving machinery parts
- Lack of safety procedures when handling and storing hazardous substances
- Failing to set up proper fall protection
- Misusing equipment. Equipment and tools that are often used for other purposes than intended
- Neglecting respiratory protection
- Lack of training in a particular work area
If you notice any of these hazards at your workplace, notify the person in charge of the construction site as soon as possible. If the issues are not addressed, file a complaint by calling your local OSHA regional office. Doing so might save someone’s life. If you have suffered injuries or lost someone due to an unsafe working environment, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Call John M. O’Brien & Associates and let us help you protect your rights and your best interests.