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OSHA Violations

Written by Faith Anderson on July 30, 2013
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created in an effort to protect the safety of workers and to prevent the occurrence of workplace accidents and injuries. By following OSHA regulations regarding safety, training and equipment maintenance, employers can significantly reduce the risk of on-the-job accidents. Unfortunately, some construction site owners, general contractors, employers and subcontractors subject their workers to unsafe working conditions and job practices on a daily basis, often in an attempt to save the company time or money, or simply because of negligence. Failure to provide a reasonably safe work environment can put workers at risk of serious injuries and wrongful death, and violation of OSHA standards may give injured workers cause to file a workers’ compensation claim or third-party liability claim for financial compensation. If you or a loved one has suffered from a workplace injury caused by an OSHA violation, contact a construction accident attorney today.

About OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was formed as part of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, which was established to protect workers in the U.S. by setting and enforcing health and safety standards in the workplace. OSHA’s regulations apply to many aspects of construction site safety, including training of employees, operation of heavy machinery, and disposal of toxic wastes. Unfortunately, when construction site employers and supervisors disregard the guidelines put in place by OSHA, the resulting consequences can be devastating for workers and their families.

Types of OSHA Violations

Because OSHA regulates all aspects of workplace safety, training, equipment maintenance, and more, there is a significant opportunity for construction companies to violate these safety measures. In 2009, the top ten OSHA violations were:

  • Failure to provide fall protection
  • Inadequate scaffolding
  • Failure to warn workers of known construction site hazards
  • Failure to provide workers with respiratory protection
  • Failure to safeguard workers from unexpected start-up of equipment and machinery
  • Failure to provide safe ladders
  • Failure to provide information on electrical wiring hazards
  • Failure to comply with forklift regulations
  • Inadequate machine safeguarding
  • Failure to provide information on location of electrical wiring

Injuries Caused by OSHA Violations

Again, because the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is responsible for such a wide range of workplace safety measures, injuries caused by OSHA violations can cover many different types of harm. Injuries commonly caused by OSHA violations include:

  • Back injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Amputation
  • Lacerations
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Paralysis
  • Wrongful death

Consult a Construction Accident Attorney for Legal Help

An OSHA violation is one of the most common causes of construction site accidents and injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered from an injury at work, contact an experienced construction accident attorney today. You may be entitled to medical benefits under U.S. workers’ compensation laws, which can help cover the cost of medical bills and lost wages. In addition, if an OSHA violation is believed to be the cause of your workplace injury, the federal agency will investigate the accident and issue any necessary citations to the party found at-fault. If OSHA issues a citation to a construction company for a violation that led to your workplace injury, you may have additional evidence to support an additional claim against the responsible party. With the help of a qualified construction accident attorney, victims of on-the-job injuries can pursue the compensation they deserve and protect themselves and their families from further harm.

Posted Under: On The Job Injury, Work Related Lawsuits
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