Construction is one of the most dangerous occupations in the country. With over 252,000 construction sites and 6.5 million people working on them, the risk of injury is constantly present. These individuals have to work on high scaffolds, with sharp objects, and heavy machinery. The United States Department of Labor reported 874 deaths in 2014. Given the precarious nature of construction work, the employees must be protected from unnecessary danger. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created to do just that.
OSHA sets standard safety rules and regulations to protect workers on their work site. They have an average of 2,200 inspectors who evaluate work places. They work for the people to make sure that employers uphold their obligations to their employees. Unfortunately, construction workers are injured because of their employers’ negligence. Too often individuals do not receive the compensation they deserve because they do not know their rights under OSHA.
Some rights employees have under OSHA include:
- Access to copies of tests done to find workplace hazards
- Request OSHA inspection if they suspect danger
- Reviewing records of injuries and illnesses
- Receive copies of appropriate rule, standards, and regulations available to them
- Withhold their names from employers, if they sign and file a written complaint with OSHA
Construction workers should be confident in their workplace. Employers have an obligation to provide safety protocols, equipment, and adhere to OSHA standards to protect their employees. They should make sure that all the equipment is properly maintained. Scaffolds should be secure. Hazardous materials should be removed or come with warning labels.
If employers fail to protect their workers, employees have the right to seek compensation. If you were injured because of your employer’s negligence, contact our New York construction accident attorneys today. We will inform you of your rights and find an avenue to help recover your losses, with pain and suffering. Call today for a free consultation.