Construction Site Accidents

Building a Strong Case for Construction Professionals

Construction professionals put themselves in harm’s way every single day. They are hardworking individuals who willingly endure tough conditions, so the rest of us can live in homes, work in skyscrapers, and travel the highways.

As they report to duty, they expect safe, legal working conditions. But managers and companies don’t always comply with OSHA and BOCA standards, and when accidents happen, they should be held responsible for their neglect.

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Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. OSHA is a part of the United States Department of Labor. OSHA requires employers to protect workers from falls. Falls can cause death and very serious injuries -and can be prevented. OSHA’s fall protection requirements are as follows: for general industry, fall protection must be used while working at heights of four or more feet. In maritime, specifically ship repair, fall protection is required at five feet or greater on vessels, and longshoring operations generally require fall protection at eight feet or greater. Fall protection can be accomplished through the use of guardrail systems, safety net systems, personal fall arrest systems, or similar systems. For construction operations, fall protection generally must be used at heights of six feet or greater. Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry. Fall protection can be accomplished through the use of guardrail systems, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest systems. Certain worksite activities and/or locations may allow other methods (including, but not limited to positioning device systems, warning line systems, and controlled access zones) to be used. For further information on OSHA’s requirements for protecting workers from falls, please see OSHA’s Fall Prevention Web page.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is the United States federal agency that researches to provide suggestions to avoid worker injury and illness. NIOSH produces new scientific knowledge in an effort to reduce risks of injury and death in traditional industries, such as construction or mining. NIOSH scientists design, conduct, and support targeted research, both inside and outside the institute, and support the training of occupational health and safety professionals to build capacity and meet increasing needs for a new generation of skilled practitioners.

Falls from Elevations

Falls are a persistent hazard found in all occupational settings. A fall can occur during the simple acts of walking or climbing a ladder or as a result of a complex series of events affecting an ironworker one hundred feet above the ground. The most common fall-related injuries or fatalities are in the construction industry. High-rise building cleaning and maintenance, transportation, material moving, and construction & extraction occupations are particularly at risk of fall injuries. Things that may cause fall incidents usually involve slippery or unstable walking surfaces, unsafe edges or floor holes, unsafe ladders, or incorrect fall protection. There are federal rules and regulations that require specific industry safety standards. Persistent unsafe practices and violations of safety regulations have led to steady fall injury rates each year.

Occupational Diseases

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1.7 million United States’ workers are exposed to crystalline silica in a variety of industries and occupations. They include construction, sandblasting, and mining. The disease is called silicosis, which is an irreversible disease, but can be prevented. It is the illness that is most closely associated with occupational exposure to the material, which is known as silica dust. The exposure of the disease can lead to the development of silicosis, lung cancer, and pulmonary diseases. In August 2013, OSHA issued a new proposed rule to limit exposure to silica dust for construction workers. Click here to learn more about silica exposure.

If you currently or previously worked as an insulator, roofer, brick mason, concrete worker, carpenter, heating & air conditioning installer, plumber, pipe fitter, or electrician, you are at an increased risk for occupational diseases. Click here to read more regarding workplace safety & health topics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Electrical Safety

Electrical currents can expose workers to serious occupational hazards. All members of the workface are exposed to electrical energy during the performance of their daily job duties. Workers can often be unaware of the potential electrical hazards, making them vulnerable to the danger of electrocution. There are four main types of electrical injuries: electrocution, electric shock, burns, and falls as a result of contact with electrical energy.

Highway Work Zone Safety

Highway work zones can be very hazardous for motorists as well as construction workers. There are fatalities every year affected by work zones. Major roadways in New Jersey such as the Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike often have construction areas throughout the year. Gill & Chamas is equipped with Turnpike lawyers and Parkway lawyers who have the experience of representing those who have been injured on those highways.

If you or a family member has suffered a serious construction accident injury in New Jersey, make sure you get the NJ legal representation you deserve. Call our office today at 732.324.7600, or click here to contact us immediately.