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Common construction site OSHA violations

Employees who work for North Carolina construction companies should feel assured their employers care about their well-being. The truth is, however, that many are not compliant with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's health and safety regulations.

According to OSHA, the safety and health violation that is most prevalent in the construction industry is in regards to fall protection. In fact, falling is the primary cause of construction job fatalities, followed by defective ladders, and poor head, face and eye protection. The agency found that in 2014, of the 899 construction workers who died from a work-related accident, nearly half of the deaths was due to a fall-related violation.

Lack of safety training regarding fall-protection plans is another common OSHA violation found in the construction industry. In addition to fully training their employees, OSHA requires construction employers to indicate in writing that their employees completed the necessary training.

Many construction companies are also non-compliant when it comes to head protection for their employees. As for eye and face protection, OSHA has increased its eye and face protection standards to help keep employees protected from airborne silica dust and similar dangers.

Those who are injured on a construction site may be eligible to file for workers' compensation benefits that can include the provision of necessary medical care and treatment and, in some cases, partial wage replacement. If the injury was caused by the negligence of a non-employer third party, such as the manufacturer of a defective ladder, an attorney might see if the filing of a separate personal injury claim would also be advisable.

Source: Construction Dive, "OSHA's 10 most common job site violations for construction", Hallie Busta, Oct. 12, 2016

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