How to Protect Your Safety and Your New York Construction Job

3 Steps to Take Today to Protect Your Safety and Your New York Construction Job

Paul Hofmann
Specializes in personal injury, with emphasis on maritime, railroad and construction worker tort claims

Something is making you uneasy. You are concerned that something on your construction site isn’t safe. You don’t want to get hurt, but you also don’t want to be seen as a complainer, or worse, to lose your job.

OSHA Protects Your Rights

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recognizes that your interest in staying safe and your interest in keeping your job may compete. Thus, OSHA provides construction employees with certain protections so that you can report potentially dangerous conditions without it affecting your job. Specifically, OSHA allows you to:

  • Request that a potentially dangerous condition be fixed by your employer.
  • File an OSHA complaint alleging that there is a serious danger on the construction site. This complaint may be made anonymously so that your employer doesn’t know it was you and so that your job is not at risk.
  • File an OSHA complaint under your own name without fearing retaliation or discrimination from your employer.

Of course, in some situations you may be able to simply fix the condition, to talk to your employer, or to work things out in an informal manner that protects your well-being and your job.

What to Do if You Are Hurt in a New York Construction Accident

Whether you were hurt because of a dangerous condition you knew about that wasn’t fixed by your employer, or whether you were hurt in a different type of New York construction accident, you may be entitled to legal relief. That relief may come from worker’s compensation insurance, or a personal injury lawsuit, depending on the unique circumstances of your accident.

For more information about your rights once you are injured in a New York construction accident, we invite you to read our FREE pamphlet, Hurt in a Construction Accident? You’re Not Alone , and to call an experienced New York construction attorney directly at 1-800-362-9329.