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OSHA Calls for Increased Fall Protection at Construction Sites

In a recent press release, OSHA called on construction employers across the country to take extra precautions to help prevent falls at construction sites. The government agency reported that falls are a leading cause of injury and death in the construction industry. In 2012 alone, falls were responsible for 279 deaths and over 8,800 injuries. If these statistics are not enough to encourage increased safety precautions, OSHA also pushed the slogan “safety pays and falls cost.” The agency included in its report that the average Workers’ Compensation case connected to a construction accident fall can cost an employer approximately $100,000.

OSHA provided a variety of tips designed to help reduce the risk of workers suffering from these types of accidents. Advice provided in this press release included:

  • Use the right equipment. Depending on the type of work being done and the height, workers should use guardrails or safety harnesses. Take a moment to make sure the right equipment is in use, properly installed and meets the required regulations.
  • Never underestimate education. Train all employees and contractors on proper safety measures. OSHA recommends “toolbox talks,” using plain language, illustrations and a more casual approach to help better ensure workers understand and comply with safety regulations.

In addition to providing tips on avoiding falls, the release also notes that fall protection is the leading cause of OSHA violations.

Remedies are available for workers injured in a Pennsylvania construction accident

Regardless of whether or not the employer fully followed OSHA regulations, remedies are likely available for those injured in construction accidents while working. Victims generally qualify for payment through Workers’ Compensation benefits.

Workers’ comp is supported by the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. The program is designed to provide prompt payment to injured workers without the need for a traditional lawsuit. Instead of needing to prove that one party is liable for the other’s injuries, an employer pays to cover employees with workers’ comp benefits. If an employee is injured, he or she can apply for payments from the Workers’ Compensation provider. Payments can cover lost wages, death benefits, medical care and associated expenses.

Receiving approval can be difficult. As a result, it is wise for those who are injured or the families of those who suffer a tragic loss in a construction accident to contact an experienced Pennsylvania construction accident attorney. This legal professional can review the details of your accident and guide you through the application process, helping to better ensure approval or helping to fight a denial of benefits.