Posted on March 31, 2015 in Personal Injury
Reybold Homes, Inc. was recently fined $77,000 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for safety violations that caused a Delaware high school cooperative education employee to suffer a severe head injury. The teen was injured after he fell from an unsecured balcony on one of its construction sites. The student’s injuries will require ongoing treatment and could possibly affect his ability to work in the future.
Administrators from Delaware’s OSHA office fined Reybold Homes, Inc. $70,000 after their investigation concluded that the company failed to provide required safety equipment on the work site. The area where the student was clearing debris was on an elevated surface, unprotected by a barrier or railing that could have prevented his fall. The company was fined an additional $7,000 for failing to provide safety training required by law. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that its employees are provided with protective safety equipment, well maintained work sites, proper training, and preventive measures to reduce the likelihood of falls and other workplace accidents.
Fall Accidents in Construction
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the construction industry is the third most dangerous industry in the country with the majority of fatal and serious construction worker injury resulting from falls. In the year 2013, Delaware reported that over one fourth of all work-related fatalities in their state were attributed to falls. Nationally, falls are the leading cause of death in the construction trade.
OSHA has developed an online fall prevention program available to employers and employees. The site features valuable information on fall prevention, offers safety posters for worksites, and has video links designed to educate workers on how to protect themselves on the job. Falls are one of the most preventable causes of serious and fatal work accidents and OSHA’s mission is to educate workers on how to actively prevent this type of workplace injury while holding employers responsible for safety violations.
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Reybold Homes, Inc. was recently fined $77,000 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for safety violations that caused a Delaware high school cooperative education employee to suffer a severe head injury.