The construction industry plays a prominent role in the lives of many who live in West Virginia. Construction is hard work, valuable work, and also very dangerous work. Construction sites need to make serious efforts to comply with safety regulations to help prevent injury to workers from occurring. When a construction site owner or manager fails to take the proper safety precautions, workers can suffer serious, and even fatal, injury.
Unfortunately, the fatal injury rate for the construction industry falls above the national average for fatal injuries sustained in all industries, according to the National Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). If you have been injured on a construction site due to an unsafe condition, you may be able to bring a claim for compensation above and beyond that covered by workers’ compensation. The trusted West Virginia personal injury attorneys at Hewitt & Salvatore are committed to protected the rights of the injured. We provided unrivaled client support because we know the devastating effects an injury can have on a person and a family. Here for you in your time of need, Hewitt & Salvatore will tirelessly pursue your right to full and fair compensation for your injuries.
What are the Most Common Construction Site Safety Violations?
There are certain safety violations that seem to be a recurring theme among construction sites across the country. OSHA put safety regulations in place to help minimize the risk of injury on construction sites. The most common OSHA standards that are violated on construction sites involve:
- Scaffolding: Around 4,500 injuries and 50 fatalities each year occur due to scaffolding-related accidents. Per safety regulations, scaffolding should be sound, rigid and have the ability to hold its own weight plus four times the maximum intended load without settling or displacement. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that about 72% of scaffolding-related injuries occur as a result of weak platforms or workers falling from them. That is why scaffolding should always have guardrails. Additionally, scaffolding should never be used as a ladder for things like climbing or scaling.
- Ladders: OSHA states that about 24,882 injuries and up to 36 fatalities occur annually due to falls on stairways and ladders used on construction sites. To prevent these types of injuries, OSHA regulations mandate that the correct ladder type should always be used for a specific task. Ladders should always be inspected for structural damage prior to use and never loaded beyond the maximum intended weight limit. Additionally, stairways should always be clear and free from debris.
- Head protection: Hard hats are a must on construction sites. Serious head injuries and traumatic brain injuries can result from a blow to the head. One way to prevent or reduce the chances of sustaining a serious head injury due to a blow to the head is to wear head protection. Falling objects and bumping your head on a fixed object can all too easily occur on a construction site. A hard hat can help to seriously minimize the impact.
Other commonly violated OSHA regulations involve:
- Fall protection
- Training requirements
- Eye and face protection
- Hazard communication
Protecting the rights of the injured.
If you have been injured due to the negligence of someone else, you have a legal right to compensation for your losses. At Hewitt & Salvatore, we know that our clients have entrusted their well-being and that of their families to us and we take this very serious. That is why we fight to enforce your legal right to full and fair compensation for your personal injury claim. With almost 50 years of combined legal experience in this field, Hewitt & Salvatore is a law firm you can believe in. Contact us today.
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