Construction workers in NJ and PA face fall hazards every day. It is their employers’ duty to protect them from fall hazards. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides federal regulations employers must abide by to protect construction workers from fall hazards. When employers do not follow OSHA regulations, constructions workers are often injured.
Recently, a NJ general contractor in Burlington County was fined by OSHA for exposing its workers to fall hazards. An OSHA compliance officer inspected an active adult community the general contractor was working at and cited the company after observing employees working on the roof without fall protection. *Source: www.OSHA.gov
OSHA regulations require fall protection for workers who are working on a surface greater than 6 feet above ground. Common situations when construction workers are working at heights greater than 6 feet above the ground are when they are on ladders, scaffolds and roofs.
There are different types of fall protection systems:
1. guardrail systems;
2. safety net systems;
3. personal fall arrest systems;
4. positioning device systems; and/or
5. warning line systems.
For a description of the above fall protection systems, see Does Your Worksite Comply With OSHA's Fall Protection Standard?
What Happens After A Fall From Height Accident At A New Jersey Construction Site?
If a NJ worker is injured after a fall from height accident, he may file a workers’ compensation claim, which provides medical benefits and a portion of his lost wages.
In addition, if the worker fell due to a faulty fall protection system, he may have a products liability case against the manufacturer of the fall protection system.
Though injured workers in NJ generally cannot sue their employers for work accidents and injuries, there is an exception. If a NJ employer commits an intentional wrong/act that caused an employee’s accident and injuries, the employee may be able to sue the employer. See When Can an Injured Worker Sue an Employer Under New Jersey Law?
Help After A NJ Construction Site Fall Accident
The lawyers at White and Williams have helped injured construction workers in NJ financially recover from parties responsible for their work related accidents.
Related Case Result: Mr. O’Brien helps an injured roofer in NJ recover $3,300,000 after falling from a roof.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey construction accident, call the experienced personal injury lawyers at White and Williams. It is vital to speak to an experienced New Jersey workplace and industrial accident lawyer immediately. 877.944.8396