Working in construction is a job that can be risky. There are more accidents and deaths of workers in construction than in any other industry. According to data from the Department of Labor, 5% of workers in the United States work in construction, but hold the 20% of the deaths by accidents.
One of the most common causes of death for construction workers is falling, according to the Labor Department, these kind of death make up more than 33% of deaths in the construction industry.
As I have mentioned in other blogs, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), establishes regulations that protect workers against such accidents. OSHA’s standards for workers and employers are mandatory, and cooperation between the two parties is essential to maintain safe work environments free of accidents. Failure to follow the rules may result in fines from OSHA. These measures and penalties are in order to protect workers from accidents and improve their working environment.
OSHA has specific regulations for each type of industry, and has recommendations, regulations and standards that can help any worker to carry out his work safely.
In the case of construction OSHA proposes three options to prevent accidents by falls, for which it reports on safety systems such as: Safety rails, safety nets and personal systems to stop falls.
These systems must be provided by the employer and must be used correctly by workers to avoid accidents, always use the equipment correctly and if you notice any possible failure in the safety system inform your employer.
Remember, in case of an accident, contact an attorney, at The Law Offices of Charles C. DeStefano with more than 28 years of experience we can assist you with your case and resolve all your legal doubts in case of an accident. So do not hesitate to call 718-ABOGADO or 718-226-4236