Construction Workers’ Right to Safe Environment Under OSHA

Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on Aug 29, 2016 in Construction Accident News

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The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) grants construction workers the right to work in safe environments. The agency dictates that employers are obligated to take certain steps to ensure the safety of their jobsites as well as their employees.

Construction employers are obligated to keep their workplaces hazard-free, and they must provide their employees with safe equipment for use. Employers must develop all-encompassing hazard communication plans and train employees regarding its provisions, in an appropriate language.

OSHA health and safety standards should be posted at every workplace in a location that employees have access. Employers should also inform their workers of OSHA standards applicable to the workplace.

OSHA also offers rights and protections for employees. Should an employee feel their workplace is unsafe or in violation of OSHA standards, they may request the agency conduct an inspection of the site. Their names can be withheld from the employer if requested, and OSHA protects employees from retaliation or discrimination by an employer following a complaint to the agency.

Should you become injured on a construction site, it is critical that you follow these steps to protect yourself legally:

  • Seek medical care for your injury.
  • Notify the site manager as well as your employer of your injury, taking down the names and positions of each person you talked to.
  • Gather names and contact information of those who witnessed the accident which led to your injury.
  • If you can, take photos of the area where the accident took place as well as your injuries.
  • Preserve evidence when possible; keep items involved, such as tools or other equipment.

If you were injured on an unsafe worksite, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The construction accident attorneys at Henness & Haight are committed to recovering maximum compensation for our clients while pursuing justice on their behalf.

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