Construction Industry is a Minefield for Workers
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that more workers suffer death or injuries in the private construction industry compared to any other sector. The reasons are not hard to find; construction sites are full of hazards and dangerous working conditions, including high scaffolding, dangerous machinery, toxic chemicals, and live electric wires. Injuries occur regularly due to defective machinery, falling materials, electrocution, improper training, falls from scaffolding, and more.
The law mandates various safety provisions be taken to protect employees from such risks. The Occupational Safety and Health Act requires employers to:
- Adopt reasonable means to maintain a workplace free of recognized hazards, including unsafe work practices
- Make available the tools and equipment to ensure workplace safety
- Continually train employees on workplace safety and updated regulations
- Make employees aware of their OSHA rights and obligations under the law
- Report fatal accidents to OSHA within eight hours of occurrence
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also lays down specific plans to reduce hazards and exposures in the workplace that cause occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. In the event of a workplace injury, affected employees can sue their employers for damages, over and above the workers’ compensation allowance.
Wagner Reese’s team of experienced construction site accident attorneys are the right choice to have on your side during a work injury lawsuit. With decades of experience and a history of success in this field, we will work to get you the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (888) 204-8440 or fill out this form for a free evaluation of your case.