Top 10 workplace Safety Violations and Why Construction Workers Should Care

As every construction worker knows, there are few jobs as dangerous as those in the construction industry. Indeed, whether you are working with heavy machinery or up on scaffolding, your well-being is always at risk.

Since one wrong move on a construction site can result in serious injury -- or even death -- the government has created several safety laws and regulations designed to protect construction workers. Sadly, however, these laws are violated all the time, often to the detriment of the workers who rely upon them to keep them safe. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has even compiled a list of the top 10 most-cited workplace safety violations for the fiscal year 2016, which include:

  1. Fall protection violations
  2. Hazard communication violations
  3. Scaffolding violations
  4. Respiratory protection violations
  5. Lockout/tagout violations
  6. Powered industrial trucks violations
  7. Ladder violations
  8. Machine guarding violations
  9. Electrical wiring violations
  10. Electrical general requirements violations

As most of these violations make quite clear, those working in the construction industry are particularly susceptible to dangerous work conditions. Fortunately, however, injured workers may have several legal options available following a construction-related accident.

While many people think they can only seek workers' comp following a work-related injury, that is simply not true for many injured workers. For instance, New York has some of the most comprehensive laws in the nation when it comes to worker protections -- including New York's Scaffolding Law -- which you may be able to use to bring a claim for compensation. To learn what legal options may be available to you, contact our experienced construction accident attorneys today.

Timothy F. Schweitzer
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Tim Schweitzer is a personal injury lawyer specializing in maritime, construction and railroad injury claims.
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