Earlier this month, a New Jersey based concrete contractor, Mr. Concrete Corp., was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for scaffold and fall hazards at a work site. *Source: www.osha.gov
According to OSHA, one of the repeat violations involved workers being exposed to fall hazards of approximately 20 feet while working from a scaffold that did not have a fall protection system. There were other repeat violations, such as the lack of appropriate ladders, stair towers, walkways and access to scaffold platforms more than 2 feet above or below a point of access. The company was cited for the same violations back in 2010.
The company was also cited for a serious violation, which is issued when there is a substantial probability that serious physical harm or death could result from the hazard, and the employer knew, or should have known about the hazard. Two of the serious violations involved not properly grounding electrical equipment and failing to guard the point of operation of a mortar mixer.
Pursuant to OSHA regulations, workers working from heights or walking surfaces greater than 6 feet must be protected from fall hazards via a fall protection system. When workers are not protected, they can fall and plummet to their death. Falls are preventable with proper fall protection systems. Related Article: Does Your Worksite Comply With OSHA’s Fall Protection Standard?
In addition to filing for workers' compensation, the injured worker may have a claim against other parties who may have contributed to the worker's accident and injuries. A thorough investigation is necessary, and only an experienced New Jersey construction accident lawyer can help the injured worker.
If you were injured in a fall accident at work, contact Daniel J. O'Brien, Esq. at White and Williams to discuss your legal rights. Dan offers a free initial consultation. 877.944.8396.