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In the U.S., reports show that 6 out of every 100 construction workers experience some type of accident at work. The high number of both serious injuries and deaths on construction sites makes these workplaces the most dangerous in the country. In fact, one out of five workplace deaths was a construction worker. It is estimated that over 7 million people in the U.S. are in this line of work; however, as many of these companies have less than 20 workers, safety can be lax.
Employees have the right to work in a safe environment and negligent employers and owners can be held responsible for putting their workers at risk. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 was the piece of legislation responsible for the creation for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in the Department of Labor. This act listed the rights of employees and provided a way for them to be protected.
If you are a victim of negligent employers or are experiencing unsafe working conditions, get in touch with our personal injury attorney in Brooklyn today.
OSHA Employee Rights
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there are certain rights for each employee that must be upheld. First, the employee has the right to know about the rules and regulations specific to their type of workplace. If employees are aware of safety standards, they will be better able to notice lapses in safety.
Employees also have to be able to access their medical records and exposure records. If a worker does notice a possible safety violation on the jobsite, they have the right to request that an OSHA area director comes and inspects the area. If they do file a complaint with the OSHA, they can request that their name is not given to the employer to avoid retaliation. If retaliation does occur, contact an injury lawyer. Retaliation is illegal and measures can be taken to protect the individual.
Types of Construction Accidents
At The Law Offices of Joseph M. Lichtenstein, PC, our personal injury attorney serving Bronx and the nearby areas can help you understand the various types of construction accidents. Not only will you be provided with expert legal counsel, you will also have a deeper understanding of scenarios that usually unfold in accidents related to construction.
One of the leading causes of death on construction sites is falls. As a lot of the work these employees do is on roofs, unfinished buildings, cranes, or scaffolding, the potential is always there for a fall. In many cases where a worker was injured or died from a fall, the accident could and should have been prevented had proper safety procedure been followed.
Another danger on construction sites is vehicles or large operating equipment like forklifts. If the person operating the equipment was not using it properly or was not trained on how to use it, the worker or the employer could be responsible for the accident. Another leading cause of death for construction workers is electrocution. This could be caused by negligence on the part of another individual or it could be the result of unsafe working conditions.
Due to the chemicals and flammable materials which can be found on construction sites, care needs to be taken to ensure that fires do not break out. These materials and the presence of compressed gas could lead to an explosion. Injuries could also be sustained from the tools the employees are using. Power tools are dangerous when the worker has not been properly trained and when a mechanical failure is also added to the situation, it only becomes worse.
Whatever type of accident you or a loved one was involved in, you should not waste any time in getting in touch with the team at The Law Offices of Joseph M. Lichtenstein, PC. We have over 60 years of combined experience in handling personal injury cases like construction accidents and will do everything in our power to see that your rights are protected. For a free case evaluation, please do not hesitate to contact our office. Call today!
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