Construction Accidents and OSHA Violations
Almost every serious accident on a construction site can be attributed to the failure to follow basic safety rules as provided by OSHA. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was formed in order to make work places safer for workers.
The vast majority of construction or workplace accidents involve one or more factors that are addressed in the regulations. All workplace and construction safety starts with policies of safety training that educate workers on the dangers of specific activities.
The United States Department of Labor indicates that over 4600 workers were killed on the job in 2012. With an average of more than 12 people killed each and every day in the United States.
The leading cause of death for construction workers is as follows:
* Falls -approximately 1/3 of all fatalities
* Being struck by an object – approximately 10% of all fatalities
* Electrocutions- 8%
* Caught between equipment -1%
Some of the most important OSHA standards that are recognized as being violated in fatal construction accidents are 29 CFR 1926. 501 dealing with fall protection. Hazard communication regulations as set forth in 29 CFR 1910.1200. General requirements for scaffolding is set forth in 29 CFR 1946.451. And electrical wiring methods set forth in 29 CFR 1910.305.
The vast majority of larger construction companies have safety-first policies that are designed to educate the workers and the supervisors on how to stay safe and avoid accidents. A dollar spent in prevention is a much better investment for the company than one spent on insurance or claims.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a construction accident call the Baumgartner Law Firm for a no obligation consultation about your rights and options. (281) 587-1111.