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The top hazards construction workers face

Construction workers face some of the most dangerous work conditions of the American workforce. This is because of the nature of their work with heavy machinery, tearing down buildings to make room for new projects and working where the site is being constructed. These conditions pose many inherent hazards because of being under construction. 

According to an online report from January 5, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) listed the top construction standards that were violated on job sites nationwide. The number one item that was cited as being in violation was falling. In fact, almost 40% of all construction-related deaths reported nationally in 2014 were from falls.

Here are some of the protections OSHA says employers should have in place but that are commonly violated:

  • Install guard rails, fences and other safeguards when a work area is more than six feet up from the ground or a level below.
  • Implement safety systems when someone is working above a hazardous area they could fall onto.
  • Use covers, safety netting or other protective equipment should be used near skylights or similar hazards that an employee could fall through.
  • Ensure that surfaces are safe to walk on, such as beams and flooring, can bear the weight of a worker.
  • Provide hard hats in areas where falling objects are hazards
  • Use toe guards for grip and traction when working on roof projects.

If you work in a dangerous industry such as construction, your employer has a duty to provide a safe work environment, including safety equipment, training and labeling on hazardous items or areas of the workplace. If you've been injured in a job-related construction accident, contact a workers' compensation attorney who can work to help you obtain compensation for your injuries.

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