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Most common OSHA violations at construction sites

There are many dangers at construction sites in New York. These dangers can lead to serious construction accidents and leave workers with serious injuries. However, most of these accidents can be prevented if the companies who employ workers ensure that there is safety equipment at the construction sites and that workers follow the safety regulations. To help ensure that there are proper safety measures in place, the Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) establishes and enforces these safety regulations.

Not all companies and workers follow each and every one of these rules though, which can lead to accidents. Some safety regulations are broken more often than others. The most common OSHA violation is found in fall protection, including failing to have the proper protections in place and to properly train workers. Another top violation is found with the general requirements for scaffolding. Other top violations that can occur at construction sites are violations with regard to respiratory protection, ladders, and communication about hazards.

If accidents do occur, especially those involving falls, it can be devastating for workers. At many construction sites, worker perform their job duties at extreme heights and can fall great distances. As a result of injuries suffered, workers may require multiple surgeries and long-term rehabilitation. Sometimes an injured individual may never fully recover from the harm inflicted upon him or her. Throughout this time, the worker may be unable to work, causing him or her to accumulate excessive lost wages. Luckily, these workers may be entitled to compensation for their damages.

There are many construction accidents in New York each year, and many workers are injured as a result. These injuries can cause both physical and economic problems. While it will not help heal the physical injuries, these workers may be entitled to compensation to help them obtain the medical care they need and deserve, as well as recoup lost wages. Although it may seem easy enough to recoup workers' compensation benefits, the process can actually be quite challenging, which is why it is often wise for injured workers to discuss their situation with a qualified legal professional.

Source: OSHA, "Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards" accessed on March 26, 2018

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