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Written by AskTheLawyers.com™ on behalf of Nancy J. Winkler with Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C..
While every workplace carries its own risks, proper attention to and enforcement of safety protocol can mitigate any potential hazards. That said, some work environments have more hazards to guard against than others. For example, office workers likely face fewer physical risks in the workplace than those who work in fields requiring manual labor. Construction sites are particularly susceptible to failed safety oversight resulting in accidents and injuries that can be catastrophic and even fatal.
In any work environment, the employer is responsible for providing reasonably safe conditions. In a construction environment, this could include providing personal protective equipment and making sure that supervisors and workers are consistently informed of and following safety procedures. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), among the myriad of hazards present on construction sites, four hazards stand out above the rest. If you or a loved one were injured in a construction accident, talk to a workplace injury attorney about your options for physical and financial recovery.
While it’s certainly important for workers to exercise caution and follow OSHA recommended safety protocol, it is up to the employer to make sure their construction team not only has what they need to follow OSHA regulations but that those regulations are actually enforced by the supervisors in charge. For more information about construction accident injuries or to learn about options for recovery, reach out to a workplace injury attorney.
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