What New York Construction Workers Should Know About Osha Part 2

OSHA’s Role After an Accident Injures or Kills a New York Construction Worker

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

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has three primary purposes. First, OSHA develops health and safety regulations; second, OSHA enforces health and safety regulations; and finally, OSHA investigates workplace accidents and injuries. This article focuses on OSHA’s involvement once a New York construction worker or other type of worker is injured or killed.

Some New York Construction Accidents Must Be Reported

OSHA requires employers who are covered by OSHA to report the following types of incidents:

  • The death of a worker, including all fatal heart attacks that occur at work.
  • The in-patient hospitalization of three or more workers when the hospitalization occurs because of the same work-related incident.

All reports must be filed within eight hours of when the employer first learned about the incident.

OSHA’s Response to an Injury or Fatality Report

OSHA may conduct an investigation if one of the above types of incidents is reported or if another type of accident or injury is reported. OSHA’s investigation may reveal how or why an accident, illness, injury or fatality occurred and provide useful guidance so that future accidents, illnesses, injuries and fatalities may be avoided. The investigation may also result in fines and corrective action for the employer. However, the investigation will not result in a recovery for the injured worker or the family of a worker who died.

Call a New York Construction Accident Lawyer If You’ve Been Hurt

If you have been injured in a New York construction accident, or if you have lost a loved one in such an accident, then you may be able to make a legal recovery. An experienced New York construction lawyer can help you fight for your fair and just recovery.

To learn more about your legal rights, we encourage you to call our New York construction attorneys today at 800-362-9329 to schedule an initial consultation. We also invite you to learn more in our informational brochure, Hurt in a Construction Accident? You’re Not Alone , which is available for FREE on this website.