CONSTRUCTION SITES' MOST COMMON INJURY SOURCES

No matter what job you have on a construction site, there is always some risk of physical injury. One in every five on-the-job deaths nationwide is estimated to occur on a construction site. One source of injury rises above all others as the leading cause of death on a worksite: falls. In a study conducted by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) of the causes of all 796 construction site deaths which occurred in 2013, falls were by far the most common way that workers died, accounting for the cause of some 284 deaths. The following three most common causes were electrocution, being struck by an object, and becoming trapped in a small space or between two objects. These four causes of death accounted for the cause of 50% of all fatal injuries on job sites.

Not by chance, one of the most common safety citations seen by OSHA job site inspectors deals with construction site fall protection. Under OSHA's regulations, all employers are required to protect their workers from "known dangers." There are specific regulations governing how employers must protect against falls on a job site, namely to maintain safeguards around spaces where a fall could occur to prevent a serious fall. This includes rules mandating that: guard rails are set around elevated platforms, runways, or floors; guards are erected on any holes in floors to ensure that a worker doesn't fall through it; and protective nets, guardrails, or other protection are set over any dangerous vats of caustic liquid.

Employers are also obligated to take more general precautions, such as keeping floors as clean and dry as possible to prevent falls, provide protective safety equipment to workers, and train their workers on hazards at the workplace in a language that the workers speak and understand. If you believe your employer has failed to meet these safety standards and you feel that your well-being on the job site is in peril, then you are entitled to report the conditions to OSHA and request an inspection by the safety oversight agency, without fear of retaliation by your employer.

If you've been hurt at work and are in need of a skilled construction accident attorney to help you recover all the compensation you're owed, contact Morristown's skilled workplace injury attorneys at Smith & Doran for a consultation, at 973-292-0016.

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