Your Right to Safety in Construction Work
All employees have the right to work in an environment that neither jeopardizes their safety nor compromises their health. Many injuries that occur on the job are the result of unsafe working conditions, often due to employer negligence. In their efforts to cut costs and maximize output, employers tend to forego standard safety procedures, violate Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regulations, fail to provide the appropriate equipment or training, cut corners, or use substandard materials and dangerous equipment. These situations lead to reduced worker safety and increased workplace injury.
During the past two decades OSHA has seen a decline in injury rates among most professions with the exception of construction workers. Construction work is inherently dangerous and as such, the construction industry has one of the highest rates of fatal and injury workplace accidents in the United States. Every year construction workers are injured or killed in their work across America, often through no fault of their own. Dangerous working conditions and inadequate safety equipment contribute to construction work-place accidents. Despite the frequency of fatal workplace accidents, contractors consistently fail to take essential measures to meet safety standards for construction sites.
It is important to avoid work-place accidents as they can lead to disability, long-term pain and suffering, inability to earn wages, as well as accrual of medical costs. If you or someone you know has been involved in a construction-related work accident, have your case reviewed by a construction accident attorney immediately. A construction accident attorney has a strong understanding of your rights in these circumstances and is experienced in handling large damage claims.