J.C. Stucco and Stone, a masonry company based in Lansdowne, PA, was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) earlier this month for four repeat and two serious safety violations.
The violations involve fall hazards found at the company’s Philadelphia work site.
Some of the repeat violations include the lack of fall protection and the failure to conduct daily inspections of working conditions. The company was cited for similar violations in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
The serious violations also include the lack of fall protection on walkways between scaffolds and improper use of planking.
One of the leading causes of death in the construction industry is falling from heights. Workers who work 6 feet or more above lower levels are especially at risk to sustaining serious injuries if they fall.
Many companies continue to violate the safety standards provided by OSHA relating to fall protection. Employers are exposing their workers to the risk of injury and death. Employers must provide fall protection such as guardrails, harnesses, or lifelines.
In general, a Pennsylvania worker cannot sue his or her employer for injuries sustained while on the job pursuant to the PA Workers' Compensation Act. However, there are limited situations where employees can sue their employers for injuries sustained while on the job. For example, if the employee's injury was aggravated by the employer's fraudulent misrepresentation, the employee may be able to sue the employer. Martin v. Lancaster Battery Co., 544 Pa. 633, 675 A.2d 1250 (1996). To read more about this case, see Can You Sue Your Employer In PA For A Workplace Injury?
Work accidents, such as fall accidents, can have devastating effects on the worker and his family emotionally and financially. Often, the worker and his family are overwhelmed and need answers.
Dan O'Brien, Esquire and the construction accident lawyers at White and Williams, LLP have the extensive experience and knowledge of OSHA standards to help injured workers. Call for a free, no obligation consultation at 877.944.8396.