Last week, a Cape May, NJ home builder was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for 2 repeat and 2 serious safety violations. The OSHA citation claims that JF Builders Inc.'s Sea Isle City work site exposed workers to fall hazards from heights. JF Builders was cited for similar violations in 2009 and 2011.
The serious violation involved unprotected workers exposed to fall hazards while working on an elevated pallet resting on the forks of a front-end loader.
Employers have the duty to ensure that the work site is safe for employees. Therefore, employers need to protect their workers from fall hazards.
Pursuant to OSHA Standards, fall protection systems can be provided through the following:
1. Guardrail systems;
2. Safety net systems;
3. Personal fall arrest systems;
4. Positioning device systems; and/or
5. Warning line systems.
Falling from heights is one of the leading causes of serious injuries and death of workers in the construction industry. Workers who suffer serious injuries from falls often can no longer work. This can be devastating for the workers and their families, and worries about the families' future financial situation set in.
The workplace fall accident lawyers at White and Williams will fight for the rights of injured workers. Dan O'Brien has helped many injured workers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Feel free to call for a free, no obligation consultation.