Last month, a Burlington based construction company, RPK Construction Inc., was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for three safety violations at a construction site in Medford, NJ. *Source: www.osha.gov
One of the safety violations was a willful violation for failure to provide fall protection for workers exposed to fall hazards working in excess of 10 feet above the ground. A willful violation is committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements.
In the same month, another New Jersey based concrete contractor, Mr. Concrete Corp., was also cited by OSHA for fall hazards. NJ Concrete Contractor Cited For Exposing Workers To Fall Hazards
Related Article: Does Your Worksite Comply With OSHA’s Fall Protection Standard?
Under OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1926.501-503, fall systems can be generally 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.
OSHA has also created a web page to help prevent fall accidents at work sites. http://www.osha.gov/stopfalls
If you or a loved one sustained injuries due to a fall at a construction or work site, you may have other legal claims in addition to a workers' compensation claim. Other parties, such as subcontractors, may be negligent and caused your fall. For more information, feel free to contact the PA and NJ construction accident injury lawyers at White and Williams LLP. 877.944.8396.