A Philadelphia construction company owner has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for fall protection violations. The owner reportedly has a history of workplace safety violations and was previously cited under another company name. The violations were discovered after an investigation was launched after a complaint was filed with the administration.
The workers at the cited job site were working on a scaffold close to power lines. While performing their masonry and bricklaying work, they were exposed to both fall and electrical hazards, two of OSHA’s “fatal four” causes of construction accident deaths. Electrocutions, falls, being struck by an object, and getting caught in or between objects are the four leading causes of deaths in the construction industry.
According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, more than 4,000 injuries and 300 fatalities in U.S. workplaces are attributable to electrical hazards. Employers must implement a safety and health program to protect workers from risk of injury due to electrical hazards. Some safety measures employers should take include guarding and grounding the equipment, providing workers with personal protective equipment (PPE), performing lockout/tagout procedures, and training workers on proper handling procedures when dealing with electricity.
Most electrical accidents happen because of unsafe equipment or unsafe work practices and could have been prevented by complying with the appropriate OSHA standards. Workers who are exposed to electrical hazards may suffer injuries, including electric shock, electrocution, and burns. These workers may be eligible for workers’ compensation, including medical and lost wage benefits to cover the costs associated with their workplace injuries.
Working from heights is dangerous and can lead to serious injuries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that approximately 60 workers are fatally injured and 4,500 are injured in U.S. workplace scaffolding accidents each year. The Philadelphia OSHA director says that scaffolding hazards are continually one of the most frequently cited OSHA violations and that basic safety practices could have prevented them. The Philadelphia construction company, in this case, was cited for failing to provide employees with hard hats, failing to train employees on scaffold hazards, and failing to implement an accident prevention program.
Workers injured in scaffolding accidents may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, including medical, lost wages, disability, and death benefits in the event of a fatality. If someone other than the injured worker’s employer was responsible for the accident, such as a scaffolding installer or scaffolding equipment manufacturer, then the worker may be able to recover additional compensation in a third-party claim.
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