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Are OSHA Regulations Really Protecting Construction Workers?

OSHA Requirements on Construction Sites

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has safety requirements that are in place to prevent hazards on construction sites. However, fatal accidents on construction sites are still a big problem, despite safety rules and regulations. In this article, we will take a deeper dive into the most common construction site accidents and how workers can stay protected against these hazards.

What is the “Fatal Four?”

The “fatal four,” a term coined by OSHA that describes the top ways workers die on construction sites, are defined as the following:

  • Falls are the number one hazard on construction sites with the most OSHA violation citations.
  • Struck-by accidents occur when a construction worker comes into contact with a falling, swinging, flying, or rolling object.
  • Caught-in/between accidents happen when someone is crushed or caught between an object, such as machinery, construction vehicles, and other equipment.
  • Electrocution accidents can occur when workers are exposed to live power lines, use electrical powered machines and tools, or repair and fix electrical fixtures and equipment.

How Can Construction Workers Stay Protected?

Construction workers can be proactive in their safety by following these safety procedures while on the job site:

  • Wear and use fall protection equipment when climbing ladders and using scaffolding.
  • Ensure all floor openings are covered and have warning signs or labels posted.
  • Never position in-between or in close proximity to moving objects.
  • Wear reflective and high visibility clothing when on construction sites.
  • Never enter a trench or excavation area if they lack protective systems and other safety equipment.
  • To prevent electrocutions, locate utilities, look overhead for power lines, and keep a safe distance from power lines when operating equipment. Ensure ground-fault interruptions are in place.

For more information on construction site safety standards, view OSHA’s compliance assistance quick start page here. Notify your employer immediately if you notice any safety violations on site. It’s critical to refrain from working under those conditions until they are rectified. If your employer does not resolve the safety issue, then you have the right to report the violation to OSHA.

Injured in a Construction Accident? We Can Help.

Construction accidents can cause a severe injury — or worse, death. If you or a loved one has been harmed in a construction accident, we are here to help. Not only can a serious injury cause long-medical issues, but it can also bring financial burdens to a victim and their family. You have the right to seek maximum compensation for injuries, and our team of experienced attorneys is on your side. When negligent parties cause you harm, you’ll need a legal team that isn’t afraid to battle the insurance companies that give pushback when it comes to settlements. We’ll always protect your interests.

Contact Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. today at (888) 499-6206 to schedule your free consultation.