Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Injuries at Work | 0 comments

“Safety first” ought to be a basic rule in working environments, most especially in construction sites, where so many hazardous sharp and heavy tools, equipment and flammable substances are used. There are standards, of course, on how to use, store and maintain all of these – a necessity that needs to be strictly imposed and observed by all employers, managers and workers. Sometimes, though, despite the care, construction workers still end up sustaining injuries or illnesses because of the unsafe fumes and dust, exposed electrical wires, heavy machinery and the high places where they need to do their work. Sometimes, these rules are ignored altogether. The negligence involved making crippling injury far more likely. Both federal and state governments enforce rules that would keep all types of working environments safe and healthy for all workers. The passing into law of the Occupational Safety and Health Act in 1970 is one mandate that was intended to ensure and promote workplace safety and health. And to be able to closely monitor the observance these rules, the OSH Act gave existence to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 1971. Particularly in construction sites, OSHA requires the following:

  • Proper lighting in the construction area
  • Worker protection from falls and/or falling objects
  • Wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Strong and safe ladders, stairways and properly assembled scaffoldings
  • Fire extinguishers (with 2A rating) every 3000 square feet
  • Body-flushing and eye-washing areas every 25 feet from battery-changing areas
  • Accident-prevention signs that are properly displayed and clearly visible (these also ought to be removed when there are no more hazards in the area)
  • Installation of ground fault-circuit interrupters (GFCIs)

If an accident occurs, however, it is advisable that the victim contact a personal injury lawyer immediately, to help him/her determine the most ideal course of action that need to be taken to enable him/her to receive the maximum amount of compensation allowed by law. According to the website of the Jeff Sampson law firm, this financial assistance that will help cover costly medical expenses, lost wages and others, may be received through the Workers’ Compensation Insurance plan; however, if the injury is serious or leads to death, then the victim’s lawyer can assist him/her in pursuing further claims through a civil lawsuit. This could come in the form of a wrongful death action. There are many ways an attorney may hold a company accountable for injured workers. There are also times when a worker rather develops an illness, but which only becomes manifest months or years after having retired from work.

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