Safety Code Violations
Written by Faith Anderson on July 30, 2013
Protecting the safety of workers on a construction site is, first and foremost, the responsibility of construction company owners, employers and supervisors. In fact, it is required by law that employers provide construction workers with a safe working environment, protecting them from unnecessary harm by adhering to federally-mandated safety regulations. These safety guidelines are established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and are intended to protect the safety of all construction workers, whether they are working on scaffolding, operating heavy machinery, or working around live electric cables. Unfortunately, when construction owners or employers ignore safety protocol in an attempt to save time or money, the results can be devastating for workers. If you have been injured on a construction site because of safety code violations, contact an experienced construction accident attorney today.
Dangers of Safety Code Violations
Safety codes are not meant to interfere with the everyday operation of a construction project; they instead provide specific prohibitions regarding dangerous behavior. Although construction workers may do their best to avoid hazardous situations at work, employers sometimes encourage workers to engage in prohibited activity in favor of the bottom line. The safety regulations established by OSHA are meant to create safer work environments for workers and to hold employers accountable for their management of a construction site. When safety protocol is ignored, the consequences may include the following:
- Improperly disposing of hazardous waste materials
- Unsafely handling power tools or heavy machinery
- Improperly constructing or maintaining scaffolding
- Power cables disabling large machines
- Live power cables electrocuting workers
Injuries Caused by Safety Code Violations
The construction industry is inherently dangerous, and when employers and supervisors violate safety codes, workers are put at an even higher risk of injury or death. By ignoring safety regulations or guidelines, construction employers may put their workers at risk of injuries like:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Head and neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Crush injuries
- Wrongful death
Employee safety should be a main concern for every company, and a failure to comply with safety codes suggests that it may not be for some construction companies. Regardless of whether safety code violations are intentional or accidental, this type of action is considered negligence and is unacceptable.
Consult a Construction Accident Attorney for Help
It is the duty of every construction company to be aware of relevant safety regulations and to enforce these safety codes in every aspect of a construction project. The variety of tools, equipment and practices used on a job site can be extremely dangerous and possibly even deadly for construction workers if they are not used in compliance with OSHA’s safety regulations. If you were injured on a job site because of a safety code violation, or if you lost a loved one because of a safety violation, contact a qualified construction accident attorney today. Workers’ compensation insurance offers critical medical benefits for workers injured on the job and death benefits for the families of those killed in construction accidents. By enlisting the help of an experienced construction accident lawyer following a workplace accident, you can protect your legal rights and improve your chances of collecting fair and timely reimbursement for your injuries.