The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, is the federal agency charged with enforcing laws that protect the health and safety of American workers. According to OSHA, one of every three construction site deaths can be attributed to a fall.
THE RISKS OF WORKING ON SCAFFOLDING
To prevent scaffold accidents, OSHA requires that employers follow certain safety measures. When employers fail to do so, they can be held accountable for their employee’s injuries.
Common safety violations include:
- Improper assembly of scaffolding.
- Failing to install required guardrail systems.
- Allowing employees to work without safety harnesses.
- Failing to have enough safety harnesses for all employees.
- Assigning scaffold work to employees without safety training.
- Failing to provide safe access to scaffold platforms.
If you’ve been injured, the legal team at Friedman, Domiano & Smith can help you with workers’ compensation claims. We also file personal injury lawsuits against subcontractors or manufacturers of defective equipment. While a lawsuit cannot undo injuries, a successful result can compensate an injured worker for long-term medical care and other expenses.