Monday, January 4, 2016

Construction Sites and Accidents

Both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the state of California have regulations to protect construction workers from injury. However, construction remains one of the most dangerous occupations. In some cases, this is because work sites violate safety rules. Among worker deaths in 2014, 1 out of every 5 were in the construction industry.
Common Construction Site Injuries

The vast majority of accidents in the construction industry happen due to slips and falls. These slips and falls can have a number of causes including obstructed walkways or spills of slippery substances such as oil and grease. The other common causes of accidents include electrocution, falling from heights and being hit by falling objects.

Reporting a Hazardous Workplace

If construction workers notice workplace hazards, they can contact Cal/OSHA and file a complaint. This can be done confidentially. Workers who wish to make a complaint should be prepared to give the name and address of both their employer and job site.

They also need to state where and when the hazard is occurring and what the hazard is. It is not necessary to know legal terminology. It is only necessary to state what the problem is. Cal/OSHA then may notify the employer about correcting the hazard or may conduct an onsite inspection.

A construction accident attorney in Los Angeles may be able to help a worker injured on the job whether filing for workers' compensation or pursuing a civil lawsuit.

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