Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited F&G Sons Contractors Inc., doing business as F&G Contractors Inc. (F&G), for scaffolding and fall hazards.
The scaffold exposed workers to the risk of falling and other dangers, i.e.:
The above OSHA violations were repeat violations. F&G was cited for similar violations in 2009 and 2010. As a result, OSHA placed the company in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which requires follow-up inspections to make sure the employer complies with the law.
Many workers fall from scaffolds due to inadequate fall protection on scaffolds. Employers have the duty to comply with OSHA fall protection standards to protect their employees and workers from harm.
In this case, F&G was previously cited for scaffolding and fall hazards and continued to put workers at risk by not correcting the hazards. If workers are seriously injured, F&G may be held accountable.
Though New Jersey workers cannot sue their employer for injuries sustained while on the job, they can sue their employer if the employer commits an intentional act. In other words, if the employer knows that the consequences of an act are substantially certain to result in harm, the injured worker may bring suit against the employer.
Dan O'Brien and the personal injury lawyers at White and Williams have helped numerous workers who were injured while on the job. Dan O'Brien has extensive experience litigating workplace accident cases. If you were in a workplace fall accident and would like to know your legal rights, feel free to call 877.944.8396.