Every employee has the right to be safe at work.
Demolition, excavation and building can be dangerous: but even construction workers have the right to a safe workplace.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the government agency that regulates construction site safety.
Workplace danger zones should be identified and fixed by employers. It’s in the OSHA rules.
Contractors are supposed to follow OSHA rules and provide working conditions that are free of known dangers.
When employers don’t find and fix workplace hazards, or when conditions are dangerous, people get hurt.
Common causes of a construction accident or fatality:
- Missing safety equipment;
- Inadequate safety training;
- Unmaintained machinery;
- Flaws in design or engineering plans; or
- Lack of clear written job processes and procedures.
What happens when you’re hurt on a construction site?
Determining who is responsible and who is at fault for a construction worker’s injuries can be very complex.
That means an injured worker could submit medical bills and expenses to the employer’s workers’ comp insurance, instead of filing a lawsuit.
If a construction worker was hurt because of another person’s carelessness or a safety failure, then they may eligible for a third party claim. In that case, personal injury laws would apply.
Different federal, state and local laws can apply to construction accident claims, depending on the construction site. You will need a careful investigation of the job site and circumstances of the injury.
Construction accident cases are complicated.
Marcia Alvey has been fighting for working people since 1987. She understands the struggle you face in fighting bureaucracy just to get what you’ve rightfully earned.