According to the United States Department of Labor, “every day in America, 12 people go to work and never come home. Every year in America, 3.3 million people suffer a workplace injury from which they may never recover. These are preventable tragedies that disable or workers, devastate our families and damage our economy.”
The leading cause of death and injury on construction sites are falls, electrocutions, being struck by an object and getting caught in/between objects. There is no doubt that working on a construction site is inherently dangerous, but it becomes inexcusable when an accident occurs due to a dangerous condition that was known and/or preventable.
In 1970, the Occupational Safety and Health Act was enacted, which requires employers to provide their employees with working conditions that are free of known dangers. Nevertheless, each year millions of workers are injured. In the last year, the ten most frequent violations administered by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration were as follows:
- Scaffolding general requirement violations
- Fall protection violations
- Hazard communication standard violations
- Respiratory protection violations
- Control of hazardous energy violations
- Electrical wiring violations
- Powered industrial truck violations
- Ladders safety violations
- Electrical system design violations
- Machine/machine guarding safety violations
Determining who is truly responsible for a construction accident can be complex. An experienced attorney with knowledge of federal and state regulations governing construction sites is imperative when developing theories against all of the third parties who may be responsible for a construction site accident. The result of a single negligent act can be catastrophic in the construction environment. Whether you are a construction worker injured due to unsafe working conditions or a person suffering a construction injury by simply passing by, you have the right to take legal action.
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