Unfortunately, companies regularly violate OSHA construction safety guidelines, endangering their employees. Before the preventable accident that killed an Illinois construction worker on a tollway project last year, the demolition company he worked for had been cited by OSHA nine times for violations. As a result of the incident, the company was placed in OSHA’s severe enforcement program, which, according to an OSHA statement, “focuses on recalcitrant employers that endanger workers by committing willful, repeat or failure-to-abate violations.”
OSHA sets forth comprehensive rules and regulations to help keep workers safe, however, all too often employers fail to follow through leading to workplace injuries and fatalities. This is particularly true in the construction industry where common OSHA construction safety citations include fall protection violations, scaffold or ladder use and setup violations, and citations for the absence of respiratory, eye and facial protection. Violations given for inadequate training – where workers could have learned ways to prevent, control or eliminate hazards in the workplace – are common despite the obvious importance.
In order to keep everyone safe, OSHA relies on workers to report safety violations they observe. OSHA encourages employees to file a complaint through OSHA’s website or via their local OSHA representative. If the allegations are deemed valid, an OSHA inspector will physically check the workplace, interview employees, take pictures, and evaluate the location’s compliance with OSHA regulations, testing any on-site safety programs or precautions that may be in place. When the inspection concludes, a citation will be issued for violations found, and the company or site at fault will be given a deadline to fix the problem or be issued a fine.
If you were injured at your workplace, it may be that it could have been prevented if certain safety rules and regulations had been followed. It is important to get the help of an experienced lawyer who specializes in personal injury and workers’ compensation to help you get the compensation you need for medical bills, lost work and more. Contact the Quad-Cities personal injury legal team of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson PC if you have been injured in a workplace accident today.